Page County, Iowa obituaries
Pat O'Dell -

Annan, Vernon "Ross" - Vernon “Ross” Annan, age 93, of Gladstone, Missouri entered into peace Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Heritage Village Assisted Living Facility, Gladstone, Missouri. Funeral Celebration of Life Services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Interment will be held at the Polsley Cemetery, rural Yorktown, Iowa with military rites by the Nebraska Honor Guard.

Vernon Ross Annan was born March 11, 1926 in Page County, Iowa to Henry Norman Annan and Ruth Catherine (Montgomery) Annan. He grew up in the Coin/College Springs area and graduated from Amity High School, College Springs, Iowa with the class of 1944. Vernon was called to service for his country in 1944 during World War II. Between active duty and the reserves, he was in the military for thirty one years. In 1961 Vernon moved his family to Kansas City, Missouri and began working for the U.S. Postal Service. While in the reserves, he attended the General Staff & Command School at Ft. Leavenworth from 1966-1970. He was on the United States Army marksman team from 1971-1974 and was considered one of the top five in the United States. 

Vernon retired from the US Army in 1975 with the rank of Lt. Colonel. 

Vernon was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for forty years, retiring in 2001.

Vernon was united in marriage August 5, 1954 to Wilma Gladys Simmons. They were blessed with three children, Deborah, Twyla and Steven.

Vernon was an avid reader and enjoyed keeping up with current events. He also enjoyed his grandchildren and spending time with them. He was an active member of the Masonic Lodge in Iowa and Missouri for over fifty years. Vernon enjoyed following the Kansas City Royals and the Kansas City Chiefs. He and Wilma also enjoyed visiting the Kansas City casinos in their retirement.

Preceding Vernon in death were his parents; wife, Wilma Annan; daughter, Deborah Gramlich and son, Steven Annan.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Twyla Cochran and husband George of Gladstone, Missouri; grandchildren, Kamell Brasher and husband John of Athens, Georgia, Melanie Cochran of Gladstone, Missouri and Connor Annan of Gladstone, Missouri; other relatives and many friends


Athen, Joyce Arlene Hart -

Joyce Arlene (Hart) Athen, 85, of Shenandoah and formerly of Northboro, passed away Saturday evening, May 11, 2019 at the Shenandoah Medical Center. 

A celebration of life funeral service for Joyce will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 10:30 AM at the Northboro United Methodist Church with Rev. Rick Sleyster officiating.  Burial will take place in the Union Grove Cemetery at Northboro.

Joyce Arlene (Hart) Athen was born on April 8, 1934, in a little farmhouse outside of Northboro, Iowa to Raymond and Edythe (Bayless) Hart.  It was on the farm that she spent her childhood along with her brother, Duane.

Joyce attended the Northboro School, where she played basketball, graduating with the Class of 1952.  She was the only girl in a class of seven boys.

After graduation, Joyce married Roland Athen of Riverton, Iowa and this union five children were born, Larry, Michael, Sandra, Jimmy and Susan.  When the marriage            ended Joyce became both mother and father to her young children.  Her greatest accomplishment in her life was her children.

Joyce began working for the United States Post Office in 1976, retiring in 1997.

A woman of many talents, she sewed many beautiful items, painted picture, did tole painting, china painting, made china dolls and decorated wedding cakes.   But her most precious things to do were attending her kids, grandkids and great grandkids’ activities. She was always there to support them and could be found on the bleachers cheering them on.  There were many times she had several grandkids’ activities to attend in one week.

Preceding Joyce in death were her parents, Raymond and Edythe Hart; grandson, Alan Kirchert; and her beloved cat, "Boots." 

Joyce will be deeply missed by her children, Larry (Pat Kirchert), Mike (Pam Parker), Sandra Apperson (Rick Apperson), Jim (Debbie Pappas) and Susan Opal; grandchildren, Darin Athen (Rhonda Webster), Carla Erickson (Matt), Alan Kirchert (in memoriam) (Michelle Shilhanek), Danny Apperson and fiancée Amanda Jordan, Courtney Apperson, Sierra Athen, Jacob Athen, Nicholas Opal, Hilary Parker, Jay Parker (Jen Heath); great grandchildren, Blake Berndt (Lucas), Devon McBride, Maddy McBride, Dalton Athen, Peyton Athen, Jade Smith, Kody Erickson, Aubrey Erickson, Miah Hummel, Mazzy Hummel, Sam Hummel, Emma Hummel, Kendall Parker, Ally Parker and Breanne Parker; two great-great grandchildren, Drake Berndt and Amelia Berndt; brother and sister-in-law, Duane and Marj Hart;  nephews and niece, Kelly and Donnatta Hart, Jeff Hart and Jodi Geditz, David and Susan Hart, Mike and Megan Stairs; and many cousins, other relatives and friends

Nishna Valley


Atteberry, Carolyn L. Tompkins -

Carolyn L. Atterberry, 67, of Shenandoah, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Nebraska Medicine - Omaha.

Celebration of Life Funeral services for Carolyn will be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at  1:00 pm at Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah with Pastor Ron Nelson officiating.  The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation and viewing on Monday, July 8, 2019 at the funeral home from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Burial will take place in the Farragut Cemetery.  

Carolyn Lee (Tompkins) Atterberry, daughter of Kennard Theodore and Gretchen Anne (Kleckner) Tompkins, was born on January 29, 1952 in Shenandoah, Iowa.  She entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Nebraska Medicine – Omaha at the age of 67 years, 5 months, 3 days.

Growing up in Clarinda, Iowa, Carolyn attended the Clarinda Community Schools, graduating from Clarinda High School with the Class of 1970.

On January 3, 1971, Carolyn was united in marriage to William Atterberry.  To this union, three children were born, Jason, Erin and Jordan.

Through the years, Carolyn worked various jobs.  She worked as a telephone operator, sold Avon products, worked at Central Surveys, Casey’s General Store and last worked at Fareway in Shenandoah before retiring.

Carolyn enjoyed reading, word search puzzles, her flower gardens and going to the casino.  Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her kids, grandkids, grand  puppies and grand kitties.

Preceding Carolyn in death were her parents, Kennard and Gretchen Tompkins; brother, Kevin Tompkins; uncle, Alan Kleckner; aunt, Carolyn Kleckner; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William S. Kleckner and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Tompkins.

    Left to cherish her memory are her three children, Jason Ross Atterberry of Marshalltown, IA, Erin Elizabeth Atterberry and Chris Bopp of Olathe, KS and Jordan Lee Atterberry and wife Annie of Altoona, IA; three grandchildren, Katie, Cade and Natalie Atterberry; sister, Cathy Brink and husband Paul of Farragut, IA; sister-in-law, Kathy Hall of Farragut, IA; nephew, Jeremy Tompkins his wife Tara and their sons, Hunter and Max of Shenandoah, IA; niece, Tiffany Hansen and husband Kevin of Shenandoah, IA; her grand puppies and grand kitties; other relatives and many friends


August, Daniel Nathan - Daniel Nathan August, age 26, of Clarinda, Iowa entered into peace Saturday, June 29, 2019 in Clarinda, Iowa. A Memorial Celebration of Life Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Daniel Nathan August was born September 7, 1992 in Englewood, Colorado to Lawrence August, Jr. and Christine Ann (Raposo) August. He grew up in Coin attending South Page Schools and graduating from South Page High School in 2010. He was united in marriage May 27, 2012 to Christina Jones in Coin, Iowa. Their children are Jasper, Ava and Layla.

Danny had previously worked with Burlington Northern Railroad and currently was working construction with Reverend Bob Thompson. He had a passion for music, enjoyed playing his guitar, and had an enthusiasm for his interests in cars, motorcycles, fishing and learning about history. His greatest love was for his kids. He attended Harvest Fellowship Church and was baptized by Ron Hoskins.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Jasper August, Ava August and Layla August; mother, Christine Raposo of Omaha, Nebraska; step father, Troy Shenefield of Glenwood, Iowa; father, Lawrence August, Jr.; brother, Lawrence August III and wife Jessie of Colorado; sister, Corey Leigh Shenefield of Glenwood, Iowa; mother of his children, Christina August of Clarinda, Iowa; other relatives and many friends.


Aust, Paul Otto - Paul Otto Aust was born Easter Sunday, March 29, 1964. Paul was the first born of eight children to Erwin and Patricia Aust. Paul was always busy and adventurous, active in school, participating in football, wrestling, track, choir and playing the tenor saxophone in marching and concert band. Paul received the "Semper Fidelis" Award for his diligence, dedication, and musical excellence. 

After graduation from Shenandoah High School, Class of 1982, Paul went on to Iowa State University. There he studied Agricultural Business, joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, enlisted in the Army ROTC program and the Iowa National Guard, and played on the Iowa State Rugby team. 

Upon graduation from Iowa State University, Paul received his commission as a second lieutenant and reported for duty at Fort Benning, GA. While at Fort Benning he met the love of his life, Valerie. Soon after they were married, they were deployed to Germany for a tour of duty. In Germany his son Aaron was born. Upon returning to the U.S., to Bowden, Georgia; daughter, Alexandra 'Ali' was born. Paul retired from Synovus Bank and completed service in the Army Reserve with a rank of Major. While managing the physical limitations from Ataxia, Paul remained active in the American Legion, Sons of American Legion, Knights of Columbus 4th degree, the National Ataxia Foundation, and numerous civic and service organizations.

On the morning of July 5, at the age of 55, Paul suffered a sudden heart attack while doing yard work. Paul was preceded in death by his grandparents and sister Tiffany. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Valerie of Columbus GA, son Aaron from Columbus GA, and daughter Alexandra from Knoxville TN. Parents Ernie and Pat Aust from Shenandoah IA, sisters Annamarie Wagner (Greg) from Dublin OH, Theresa Simonetti (Marco) from Chicago IL, Angela Nosworthy (Chris) from Olathe KS, Michele DeSmet (Chris) from Omaha NE, and brothers Mark (Julie) from Glenwood IA and John (Julie) from Kansas City MO. Mother in law Jean Daniel (Wesley), sisters in law Renee Roth and Angie Benoit (Steve), and brother in law Dana Sudduth (Amy) all from Columbus GA, along with 31 nieces and nephews, and many relatives and friends. 

Paul's leadership, love, and dedication will be truly missed by his family and friends. Visitation will be held at McMullen Funeral Home in Columbus GA, from 5-7 pm, Wednesday, July 10. A funeral mass will be held at St. Anne's Catholic Church on July 11, followed by burial at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery


Ballain, Deanna Sue Moore -

Celebration of Life Memorial services will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah at 11:00 am with Pastor Don Buttry officiating.  The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service on Thursday, May 23.  Memorials in Deanna's name are being directed to People For Paws in Shenandoah.  Inurnment will be in Shenandoah's Rose Hill Cemetery.

Deanna Sue (Moore) Ballain, daughter of Donald Hubert and Lois Maxine (Jones) Moore, was born on August 19, 1941 at Shenandoah, Iowa.  She entered into rest on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa following a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 77 years, 8 months, 27 days.

Born and raised in Shenandoah, Deanna attended the Shenandoah Community Schools, graduating from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1959. She began working at Mount Arbor Nursery during high school and full-time following graduation.  

Deanna was united in marriage to Larry Ambrose Hill at Shenandoah. They were married 15 years and had two sons, Tony Ambrose and Timothy Robert. They lived in Shenandoah and the Burlington, Iowa area.  Deanna was a stay-at-home mom for several years until the boys were in school.

On April 14, 1982, Deanna was united in marriage to Jack D. Ballain in Shenandoah.  They lived in Shenandoah, New Mexico, and Essex before settling in Shenandoah.  Over the years, Deanna worked at Henry Fields, a photography studio in New Mexico, J C Penney customer service, and lastly for Wal-Mart as their Jewelry manager until retirement. She spent a lot of time in southwest Iowa.

Of great interest to Deanna was taking photos and videos, birds, golf, bowling, cooking (the family favorite was her cherry mash!). Her absolute interest was her grandchildren!  She loved to spend time with her four grandchildren, Tyler, Kelsey, Ashley, and Chance, and her great grandson, Gavin.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and sister, Carol Mosier.  Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 37 years, Jack Ballain; her sons, Tony Hill of Red Oak, IA and Tim Hill of Essex, IA; grandchildren, Tyler Ambrose Hill of Harlan, IA, Kelsey Marie Hill of Harlan, IA, Ashley Nicole Hill of Defiance, IA and Chance Hill of Essex; great grandson, Gavin Leo Anderson of Harlan, IA; two brothers, David "Butch" Moore of Council Bluffs, IA, and Ernie Moore and wife Teresa of Albuquerque, NM; other relatives and many friends

Nishna Valley


Bartles, Mable Maxine Smith - Mable passed away early Saturday morning, May 18, 2019 at the Elm Heights Care Center.

Graveside Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at the Rose Hill Cemetery. There will be open visitation on Tuesday afternoon from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

On May 14, 1929 in Fremont County, Iowa, a daughter Mable Maxine was born to Roy and Leta (McMurty) Smith. Mable entered into eternal peace on Saturday, May 18, 2019 in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Mable's early years were spent in the communities of Nebraska City, Hamburg, Percival and Shenandoah. In 1953 Mable was united in marriage to Darrell Bartles, The couple made their home in Shenandoah. She worked for Lakes Nursery, DHS, Job Service and West Central until her retirement. 

Some of her hobbies and interests included watching birds, squirrels and deer. She also enjoyed baking and cooking. She even won first place in a local pie bake off. Christmas was her favorite. She would often be found in the kitchen baking cookies and making candy. 

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Darrell on August 29, 1993, her parents, 2 sisters, 1 brother, and an infant son. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter Maxine Hamilton and her husband Larry; son Donald Bartles; 2 step-daughters, 1 step-son; 3 grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


Bayless, Lundie R. - Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the Farragut United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Union Grove Cemetery in rural Northboro. 

On June 25, 1961 in Kansas City, Kansas a daughter, Lundie Rene was born to Alan "Skip" and Karen (Williamson) Bayless. Lundie attended school in the Kansas City area and graduated from Park Hill High School with the Class of 1979. During her life she lived in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, California and Kansas.

Lundie worked for Federal Express as a package handler for 13 years. She was a beautiful artist. She enjoyed drawing, painting and writing. A talent which she inherited from her mother. She had a deep love for her faithful four legged canine companion who sat by her side daily for the past twelve years. On Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Lundie entered into eternal peace at her home in Kansas City, Missouri. 

She was preceded in death by her parents: Alan and Karen Bayless and brothers Todd and Timothy Bayless. 

Those left to cherish her memory include her children Amy Thropp of Boulder, Colorado and Zach Thropp of Kansas City, Missouri; other relatives and friends



Beck, William Randolph Jr -

William Randolph Beck, Jr, entered into rest on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Nebraska Medicine - Omaha at the age of 51 years, 8 months, 5 days. 

Celebration of life memorial services for William will be held on Friday, June 7, 2019, at 11:00 AM at the Shenandoah First Christian Church with Pastor Nancy Thomas officiating. 

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Mary J. Sparks; his mother, Mary; three siblings, Cindy, Pete and Jenny; other relatives and many friends

William Randolph Beck, Jr, entered into rest on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Nebraska Medicine - Omaha at the age of 51 years, 8 months, 5 days. 

Celebration of life memorial services for William will be held on Friday, June 7, 2019, at 11:00 AM at the Shenandoah First Christian Church with Pastor Nancy Thomas officiating.  Memorials in William's name are being directed to the Shenandoah First Christian Church.

William Randolph Beck, Jr, son of William Randolph, Sr. and Mary Agnes (Stone) Beck was born on September 17, 1967 in Des Moines, Iowa.  He unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019.  As an organ donor, William was able to help many people with his gracious gift of extended life to those in need.

William graduated from Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa in 1986.  He was involved in Boy Scouts as a youngster.  Following high school graduation he attended the University of Iowa and Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.  William worked as a Retail Manager at Barbara's Books and most recently at Ace Hardware. 

William was proud that he had become a deacon at his church, the Shenandoah First Christian Church, where he was member and helped with many church activities.  He was a certified church Minister with Universal Life church. In his spare time William enjoyed bowling, watching hockey, especially his favorite team, the Chicago Blackhawks.  He enjoyed brewing his own beer, biking and wood working.

On October 28, 2006 he was united in marriage to Mary Joan (Boyer) Sparks in Chicago, Illinois.  They lived a short time in Chicago before settling in Shenandoah.  At that time, he became a step father to Mary's three daughters, Samantha, Amy and Bridgett.

Preceding William in death was his father, William Beck, Sr.  Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mary of Shenandoah; his mother Mary Agnes Beck of Des Moines; three siblings, Cindy (Scott) Carpenter of Des Moines, Pete (Lisa) Beck of Des Moines, and Jenn (JT) McCubbin of Glover, SC; step daughters, Samantha Stoner, Amy Stoner and Bridgett Stoner; as well as other relatives and many friends.


Beezley, Sedona Thrush - Sedona Thrush was born Aug 25, 1853. She departed this life Feb 5, 1928 at the age of 74 years, 4 months and 10 days.

She was married to Henry F. Beezley Jan 29, 1868 in Henderson Co, Illinois. (Mr Beezley had served with the "Union Forces" during the Civil War). Shortly after their marriage, Mr and Mrs Beezley moved from Illinois to Lee Co Iowa and from there they moved to Page County Iowa. From Page Co Iowa they moved to Kansas where they lived a few years. They returned to Page Co. Iowa in 1892 and settled in Yorktown.

Mr and Mrs Beezley were parents of 15 children eight of whom are still living: William H. of Yorktown; Al of Sheridan, Mo; Elmer of Gravity, Ia; Ollie of Page Center, Ia; Newton of Yorktown; Ernest L. of Cedar Rapids, Ia; Mrs Nettie Mathes of Yorktown; and Mrs Lillie Carlson of Essex, Ia. Her husband departed this life Dec 25, 1915.

In her early life Mrs Beezley united in membership with the Methodist Church. After making her home in Yorktown Mrs Beezley transfered her membership to the Yorktown Methodist church where she has remained a faithful and loyal member.

Grandma Beezley, as she came to be known, was a devoted wife and mother. She loved her family and did not spare herself in ministering to the many needs in her own household. Her interest and sympathy, however, extended beyond that of her own household to her neighbors and friends. In addition to her home duties, Grandma Beezley, somehow managed to lend aid and sympathy, in a practical way, to her friends and neighbors in the hours of sickness and death. Her many acts of kindness won for her a host of friends.

In the later years of her life she became afflicted with asthma. This affliction caused her a great deal of suffering which she bore patiently. The affliction of asthma together with her increased age caused Grandma Beezley to be confined to her home. The young people of the Epworth League, in making their route in going out to sing carols on Christmas Eve to shut-ins, were always sure to include Grandma Beezley on their list. Her kind words, expressing deep gratitude, won for her many friends among the young people.

She leaves to mourn her death : one brother, two sisters, eight children, twenty-two grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a host of other relatives.

Funeral services were conducted at the Methoidst Episcopal Church at Yorktown at 2 pm by the Rev E.B. Stewart, with a mixed quartet in charge of Mrs W.H. Chaffin. Burial was made in the Summit Cemetery two miles northeast of Yorktown. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Feb 13, 1928


Bergen, Elizabeth A. Whipple - Elizabeth A. Whipple, daughter of H.G. and Harriett Trowbridge Whipple was born in Albion, Mich, May 10, 1848, died Oct 11, 1925. She was married to Henry B. Bergen in 1874. They lived in Chicago five years, then spent a year in Europe, afterward returning to Chicago.

The husband's failing health forced them to an Iowa farm where they lived for ten years then moved to Clarion, Ia, where Mr Bergen died 1901. She has been an invalid for several years.

For more than two years she has been cared for in the home of her nephew, H.C. Hawley. She is survived by one brother, Rev C.J. Whipple, of Luzerne, N.Y. She has been a member of the Episcopal church since childhood. She was a highly educated woman and had traveled much. She was a beautiful character and loved by all who knew her.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning from the H.C. Hawley home, with Rev B.F. Hall, pastor of the Christian Church officiating. Interment was in Clarinda Cemetery. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Oct 15, 1925


Benjamin, Peggy "Pat" May Maddox - Peggy "Pat" May Benjamin, daughter of Ulysses S. Grant Maddox and Florence Viola Harrell, was born on February 2, 1948 in Tulare, California; the family migrated there during the Dust Bowl from Oklahoma. She entered into the arms of her Lord on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 71 years, 4 months, 3 days. 

When Pat was two years old the family moved back to Oklahoma. She grew up in and around the Shawnee area. Following high school, she started classes at Oklahoma State Technical College. She met John Benjamin while attending college and they were married April 1, 1969 in Oklahoma. After graduation from college, she and John came to Shenandoah to run Shenandoah Printing/Rodeo Printers Inc. They bought the printing company from John's parents. They ran Rodeo Printing for 33 years, from 1971 until retiring in 2004. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and Ladies Auxiliary of Williams-Jobe-Gibson American Legion Post #128 in Sidney.

She loved having her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids come to the farm. She enjoyed tole painting, crocheting and boating with John.

Preceding Pat in death was her husband John Benjamin (2015), her parents, Ulysses and Florence Maddox and her sister, Josie Hobbs. Survivors include her two children, Lori Stevens and her husband Jim and Todd Benjamin and his wife Deborah; five grandchildren, Teia Bergen, Tyler Ellis and his wife Ashley, Piper Allen and her husband Travis, Zach Ellis and Lucian Benjamin; six great-grandchildren, Ben Bergen, Grace Bergen, Harper Allen, Edgar Allen, Damian Ellis and Elowyn Allen; one brother, Bobby Maddox, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Celebration of life memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 14, 2019 at the St. John's Episcopal Church in Shenandoah, Iowa.


Book, Wanda Jeanine Finley - Celebration of life funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah, Iowa. Burial will be held at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah.

Wanda Jeanine (Finley) Book was born June 17, 1924 to Claude LeRoy and Eva Lucinda (McIntire) Finley in Fremont County Iowa. Wanda passed away July 5, 2019 at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 95.

Wanda grew up in the Locust Grove area with her six siblings. There she attended Lone Willow School. She graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1942. After high school Wanda was a secretary for a law firm and later for DeKalb Seed Corn. 

On June 20, 1945 Wanda was united in marriage to LT Robert W. Book, her high school sweetheart, in Klamath Falls, Oregon. After residing on Mare Island, California for two years the couple and young daughter moved back to hometown Shenandoah. Here they raised their daughters Pam and Penny.

Wanda was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and Presbyterian Women and served as Deacon. She was also a member of Child Study Club, Garden Club, American Legion Auxiliary, served on the Shenandoah Cemetery Board, and was a volunteer at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. She enjoyed playing bridge with friends and golfing, and she and Bob were members of the Saturday Night Club. Wanda had a zest for life and was very much a people person. While residing at Elm Heights Care Center, she would be first in line for whatever activity was to take place, especially bingo, and would also encourage others to participate. In her youth, Wanda was a pitcher and fierce competitor on the Midway softball team. Wanda valued her friends and adored her family.

Preceding Wanda in death were her parents, husband Bob, brother Duane Finley and wife Elaine, sisters Irma Stratton and husband Bernard, Claudia Bangs and husband Grant (Pete), Gwen Smoke and husband Chuck, Phyllis Bloom and husband Stanley, infant sister Marvis, brother-in-law Harold Book and wife Mary Rose, sister-in-law Virginia Lynn and husband Lowell. 

Those left to cherish her memory are daughter Pam Belknap and husband Dr Marv of Shenandoah, daughter Penny Davis and husband Scott of Crystal River, Florida, one granddaughter Lindsey Clouse of Nashville, Tennessee, one AFS grandson Galo Naranjo and wife Alma and daughter Isabella of Bogota, Colombia, a brother Galen Finley of Hastings, Nebraska and his wife JoAnn, nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends


Burgett, Rex Eugene -

Rex Eugene Burgett was born to Curtis and Imogene (Baker) on November 2, 1925 in Des Moines, Iowa.  He grew up in Des Moines, IA and graduated from Lincoln High School.  After graduation he Joined the Navy, serving during WW ll.  When he returned from the war, he married his wife Mary (Bridal).  They had 5 children: Linda, Mike, Scott, Ed and Julie.  He managed the Thriftway grocery store out of Marshalltown and in 1955 moved to Council Bluffs to manage the Super Valu grocery store.

After Mary passed away in 1969, he married Ruth (Thompson-Meyers) and attended Grace University.  He and Ruth started their work with Wycliffe Bible Translators and served in the Philippines for 2 ½ years.  Ruth passed in 1992.   He married Dorothy (McCurdy) in 1995. 

He loved doing things with his hands such as rebuilding engines, building a shop or home addition, clocks or simply making toys for his grandchildren.  Other passions included studying the Bible and photography.

Rex passed away at Clarinda Regional Heath Center in Clarinda, IA, May 20, 2019.

He is preceded in death by his parents and previous wives Mary and Ruth.

Rex is survived by wife Dorothy; Children: Linda Ahlman, Mike (Jane) Burgett, Scott (Jan) Burgett, Ed (Gloria) Burgett, Julie (Scott) Regian; brothers: Karl (Shirley) Burgett, Wayne (Dorothy) Burgett, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-children, step-grand-children, nieces, nephews and friends



Carrell, Eleanor Jo "Jody" Foster - Jody passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah.  

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Congregational Church in Shenandoah.

Eleanor Jo "Jody" Foster Carrell was born October 14 1924, to Harry Denny Foster and Elizabeth Curlette (Hier) Foster in Marceline, MO. Enjoying growing up in the small town with her older brother Wallace "Wally" and and younger brother James "Jim", she was active with vocal music, cheerleading, and graduated from Marceline High School in 1942. Jody attended the University of Missouri in 1942 and '43 until WWII, when she starting working for the Santa Fe Railroad. As a telegrapher and "Report Operator", she worked 7 days a week during the War until the service men came home in 1945. Jody resigned her job with the Railroad, and returned to the University of Missouri.

Jody met Allen Carrell at the University after her return, and they were married August 29, 1948. They both graduated in 1949, and moved to Parma, MO where they both started their teaching careers, and raising a family. Jody and Allen moved to Shenandoah, IA in 1957, and in 1966 She returned to teaching 2nd grade in the Shenandoah School system for the next 20 years. Allen and Jody were married for 49 years, and had 4 children. Lynne (Richard) Schroeder of Lincoln, Patty Carrell (John Binderup) of Omaha, Allen "Skip" (Mary Jo) Carrell of Shenandoah, and Nancy (Mark) Hirschfeld of Minneapolis.

Jody was active with P.E.O., music, Hospital Auxiliary, various bridge groups, and the Congregational United Church. Jody and Allen enjoyed travel, from early trips to see family, to later more extensive travel in their retirement years. Jody's love of reading was a gift she always enjoyed sharing with family and her students. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Wally (1990), and her husband Allen (1997). She is survived by her brother Jim Foster, her children, six grandchildren: Jim and Tom Schroeder, Drew (Marie) and Sam (Ellie) Carrell. Jillian and Jacob Hirschfeld. Great grandchildren, Henry, Ben, and Charlotte Carrell.

Jody will always be remembered for her love and caring of others. She was especially gifted in her love of children, and touched many young lives during her years as a teacher


Dailey, Joy Beth Buss-

Joy Dailey, age 83, of Clarinda, Iowa entered into peace Friday, June 14, 2019 at Westridge Care & Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Ritchie Funeral Home. Inurnment will be held at the Clarinda Cemetery Clarinda, Iowa.

Joy Beth Buss Dailey was born October 16, 1935 to Claude and Lillie (Silkett) Buss in Griswold, Iowa. Joy was the fourth of five children. She grew up in Griswold and Clarinda and graduated from Clarinda High School in 1954. Joy was united in marriage to Allen Dailey June 5, 1955. Two daughters were born to this union, Vickie Lynne and Mary Kay.

Joy worked at the Clarinda Company, Clarinda, Iowa for more than twenty five years and enjoyed telling people that she was a stripper (film stripper!)

Preceding Joy in death were here parents, Claude and Lillie Buss; in-laws, Bill and Pearl Dailey; husband, Allen Dailey in 1991; sisters, Clauda Graham, Mara Lee Bramble, Ann Hamilton; granddaughter, Amanda Auten.

Left to cherish Joy’s memory are daughters, Vickie Auten (Larry) of Clarinda, Iowa and Mary Kay Nelson (Jim) of Omaha, Nebraska; grandchildren, David Davenport (Kim) and family of Gretna, Nebraska, Heather Dailey and family of Newton, Kansas, Joseph Nelson, Andrew Nelson and Sean Nelson of Omaha, Nebraska, Tiffany Wolfe and husband Scot of Lawson, Missouri, Jeremy Auten and girls of Clarinda, Iowa; brother, Bill Buss of Ames, Iowa; brother-in-law, Richard Graham of College Springs, Iowa; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.

Dirksen, Terry Allan - Terry Allan Dirksen entered his eternal rest at his home in Clarinda on June 8th2019 at the age of 59. His deep faith allowed him to remain strong throughout his treatments and even at his weakest times fighting brain cancer, he was a strong role model for the rest of his family. 

Terry was born to Les and Sylvia(Warnke) Dirksen on July 9th, 1959 in Tecumseh, Nebraska. Terry and his younger brother Don were raised to the hard work ethic of the Nebraska farm life. A work ethic he wasvery proud of, and instilled in the rest of his family. He attended Johnson-Brock community schools before attending Northwest Missouri State University, majoring in Ag-Economics. 

At the University, he met and eventually married the love of his life Rebecca Anne Basch. Happily married for 37 years, they had 3 children: Mitchell Allan, Jessica Anne, and Tyler Andrew. Terry taught his kids many life-long values, but his dedication to his Faith far surpassed all other topics. 

Terry was a self-starter, and his business ventures thrived in each of the communities he lived in. He was very dedicated to providing his family a better life, and he worked very hard to do so. 

Terry had a love for golfing, fishing, hunting, and all things outdoors. He got the greatest joy in sharing his love for the outdoors with the ones he loved. Terry and Becky often found peace in long walks in the timber as his condition grew. His family will remember him as trophy hunter, fire maker, contagious sense of humor, and most importantly an unselfish and faithful man of God.

Terry was preceded in death by his mother, Sylvia Dirksen; his sister-in-law Cheryl Dirksen; and his father-in-law, Bill Basch. He is survived by his father, Les Dirksen of Auburn, NE; his brother Don Dirksen of Kearney, MO and family; his wife, Becky Dirksen of Clarinda, Iowa; his son Mitchell Dirksen and his wife Shannon and their children Parker, Hunter, Charlotte of Blue Springs, MO; his daughter Jessica Bunda and her husband Cody and their children Carson, Blake, Paige of Pocahontas, IA; and his son Tyler Dirksen of Kansas City, MO


Dyke, Kaylene Ann - Kaylene Ann Dyke, daughter of Wilson Audley Elder and Maxine Vivian Pennock, was born February 5, 1947 in Des Moines, Iowa. She passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at her home in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 72.

When Kaylene was five the family moved to Tennessee from 1950 to 1956 before returning to Iowa and settling in Shenandoah. She graduated from Shenandoah High School with the class of 1965. She spent two years at Northwest Missouri State University. She worked for the Shenandoah Community School until retirement.

Kaylene enjoyed spending time with family and friends, listening to Elvis and visiting with her church family. She especially loved hugs and kisses from her great-grandson Wilson. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Robert Elder and very close friend Carol Wilson.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son Darin Dyke of Farragut; daughter Darci Edds and husband Terry of Farragut; granddaughter Devin Barth and husband Austin and their child Wilson of Shenandoah; grandson Lance Corporal David RenteriaEdds and wife Serena of California; brother Bill Elder and wife Diana of Essex; nephews Jan Elder of Essex and Bryan Elder and family of Colon, NE, nieces Taylor Bolton and family of Cedar Rapid, IA and April Elder of Oskaloosa, IA; sister-in-law Mary Elder of Oskaloosa, IA and special cat, Blackie.

Celebration of life memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m., Friday, June 14, 2019 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah.


Eichhorst, Diana Denise Dukes - Diana Eichhorst, age 74, of Clarinda, Iowa entered into peace Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Nebraska Med Center, Omaha, Nebraska. Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Monday, June 17, 2019 at St. John Lutheran Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Jerry Wagoner officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday at Ritchie Funeral Home from 3 to 5 PM with the family greeting friends. Interment will be held at the Clarinda Cemetery in Clarinda, Iowa.

Diana Denise Eichhorst was born December 28, 1944, in Villisca, Iowa. She was the daughter of Virgil Dukes and Marjorie (Brown) Dukes and had a very special relationship with her Grandmother Elizabeth Brown who helped raise her. When she was a young girl she moved to Clarinda and grew up attending Clarinda Schools and graduating with the class of 1963 from Clarinda High School. February 5, 1965, Diana was united in marriage to Ronald Eichhorst at St. John Lutheran Church, Clarinda, Iowa. They were blessed with two sons, Kevin Dean and Troy Daniel. 

Diana’s working career included working for an insurance company while they were in Kansas City and when they moved to Clarinda in 1974, she started her in home child care business. During her twenty five years of child care she took care of over 100 children. Following her retirement from child care, she worked another ten years as a receptionist for Dr. Brian Rarick. 

Diana was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church and an active member of LWML and was a willing volunteer for funeral luncheons and helping wherever she was needed. Diana enjoyed gardening and baking and her family especially remembers her desserts and coffee cake. She enjoyed family reunions and dinners with family and friends, family trips to Seattle, Washington; camping, fishing trips to Southern Missouri, Camp Okoboji and Spirit Lake. Diana enjoyed being with friends; following them on Facebook, playing Sudoku and the “Color Me Calm” afternoons at the Lied Library. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Preceding Diana in death are her parents, Virgil and Marjorie Dukes; her grandmother, Elizabeth Brown; her uncle, Warren (Brownie) Brown. 

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of fifty four years, Ron Eichhorst of Clarinda, Iowa; sons, Kevin Eichhorst of Kansas City, Missouri and Troy Eichhorst of Omaha, Nebraska; grandchildren, Matthew James Eichhorst, Kristina Ann Eichhorst, and Kandace Marie Eichhorst of Kansas City, Missouri, Nicole Elizabeth Eichhorst and Sean Arthur Allen of Omaha, Nebraska; great grandchild, Braxton Taylor Melindez; aunt, Verda England of Seattle, Washington; cousins, Joyce England, Fran Bakerink, Jan Custer, Norman Schroeder, Duane Schroeder and many friends.


Farley, Jule Grayce Roberts -

Jule Grayce Roberts Farley, 93, of Farragut, Iowa and formerly of Colorado entered into the arms of her lord on Tuesday evening, July 2, 2019 at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah.  

Celebration of Life Services for Jule will be held on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service with Pastor Roy Nelson officiating.  Private family burial will take place in the Farragut Cemetery. 

Jule Grayce (Roberts) Farley was born on February 6, 1926 in Kimball, Nebraska, the daughter of Floyd and Mary (Willman) Roberts of rural New Raymer, Colorado.  She arrived in to the presence of her Lord and Savior, on July 2, 2019, at the age of 93.

Jule grew up in the northeastern Colorado ranching country and developed a great love of all animals, particularly her beloved horses, “T-Tail” and “Cricket”, who were her major mode of transportation. She attended a one-room country school through the 8th grade, then continued her education as a boarding student, at Kimball High School, graduating with the class of 1945.  Jule then moved to Denver, Colorado where she graduated from the Colorado Medical and Dental School as a certified Nurse Aide.  She worked at her chosen profession in Denver at the Fitzsimons Military Hospital, caring for soldiers wounded during World War II. 

On November 27, 1945 she married her childhood friend Llewelyn Dale Farley in Denver after he returned from overseas duty. She accompanied her husband to his assigned bases until his enlistment was up.  They returned to Colorado, where they made their home in Platteville, raising their two children, Grayce and David.

 Jule lived most of her life in Colorado; working at Deason’s Drug in Ft. Lupton, the old Greeley Hospital, moving to the new Weld County General Hospital and continued work for the renamed Northern Colorado Medical Center and retired from nursing after 25+ years of service. She then went to work for the Wright McGill company making handmade fishing rods until she decided to fully retire. Jule also was a very active member of the Sarah Coventry and Comtempo Jewelry sales team, winning numerous sales awards.

Jule was a member of the First Methodist Church in Platteville for many years. In 2009, she moved to Farragut, Iowa to live with her daughter Grayce “Dee” and son-in-law Gary, where she continued to grow in faith with Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Shenandoah.

Jule traveled extensively and enjoyed many trips with her children and grandchildren.  She particularly enjoyed the family tradition of family picnics along the St. Vrain River west of Lyons in the foothills of her beloved mountains.  She loved her three dogs, cats, flowers, especially roses, and reading her Bible.

Jule was preceded in death by her parents, her son David; and former husband Dale. She is survived by her daughter Dee (Gary) Shepard of Farragut; daughter–in-law Melbie Farley of Platteville, CO; three grandchildren, Mike (Michelle) Shepard of Melissa, TX, Sandy (Rick) McIntyre of Farragut, and Dale (Kayla) Farley of Platteville, CO; and ten great grandchildren, Lori (Brian), Torie (Nic), Bruce (Shelby), Brian (Alexis), Brett, Torenton, Tinley, Austen, Autumn and Ariel. 


Ginger, Pat - Pat passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the Elm Heights Care Center. 

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery.

On September 11, 1932 in Shenandoah, Iowa a daughter, Patsy Ann was born to Vernon Eugene and Doris Marcelle "Betty" (Brown) Mondt. Her early years were spent in this community where she also attended school. On August 4, 1949 she was united in marriage to her beloved Donovan Joseph Ginger in Papillion, Nebraska. 

Pat and Don made their home in the Shenandoah and Essex communities except for a one year move when the children were small to Southern California. Following in her parents footsteps, Pat worked at Henry Fields Seed and Nursery as a mail order supervisor for 41 years until her retirement in 1994. While residing in Shenandoah Pat babysat for two later well know brothers, Phil and Don Everly. That was her small-town, claim to fame!

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Shenandoah Women's Club. The center of her life was her family. She delighted in family get togethers, enjoyed monthly lunch outings with her lady friends, putting together puzzles and doing word search puzzles. She had a fondness for chocolate and every Christmas her family members could look forward to receiving their individual boxes of Russell Stover Candies. She was a selfless woman, often putting the needs of her family ahead of her own. She was a "Grand" lady indeed. On Thursday morning, June 13, 2019 Pat entered into eternal peace at the Elm Heights Care Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Don; daughter Donna Lea; brother Vernon, Jr; and sisters Berry Mae and Marilyn Lee. Those left to cherish her memory include her children Donovan Tebbe Ginger and wife Beth and Rita Ann Thomas and husband Terry; 5 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Sheryl Mondt and Karen Wagner; brother-in-law Bob Ginger; other relatives and friends.


Gingery, Virginia L. Jones - Graveside Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 28, 2019 at the Rose Hill Cemetery.

On August 21, 1927 in St. Joseph, Missouri a daughter, Virginia Lee was born to John Paul and Gertrude (Dannevik) Jones. Virginia attended Benton High School in St. Joseph and graduated as Valedictorian of her class in 1945. She went on to attend Missouri Western College from 1945 until 1947 where she majored in Art. In August of 1947 she was united in marriage to Lee Emerson Gingery, that union took her from the family farm outside of St. Joseph where she spent her childhood. 

Lee and Virginia moved to Columbia, Missouri following their marriage while Lee completed his degree in Journalism at the University of Missouri. While in Columbia Virginia worked as a secretary. The couple moved to Kansas City upon Lee's graduation from the University of Missouri and then in 1960 settled in Shenandoah. As the couple grew their family, she enjoyed her time as a homemaker. When her children left the home, she worked in tax preparation and was later employed at Farmer's Home Administration. 

Virginia was very artistic, an expert seamstress and cook and also gifted with crochet and knitting. She was also the one who could always get the kites to fly high in the air! She enjoyed being active in the Shenandoah Garden Club, PEO, the Presbyterian Women's Group, several bridge clubs and hosted a yoga exercise group in her home. She was lovingly known as "GG" to her four granddaughters whom she loved cooking special treats for and making clothes. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lee; brothers Jack, Byron and Bob Jones; sister Dorothy Lou Wade; and son-in-law G. David Binegar. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters Lynn Binegar of Davenport and Laura Stephens of Council Bluffs; son Scott Gingery (Janet Zackert) of Yorktown, VA; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many other relatives and a host of friends.


Gruber, Carrol Paul -

Carrol Paul Gruber, 93, of rural Shenandoah, entered into rest on Friday, June 14, 2019 at Elm Heights Care Center.

Funeral services for Carrol will take place on Monday, June 17, 2019 at Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah at 10:00 am with Pastor Carl Phillips officiating.  Burial will take place in the Locust Grove Cemetery. 

Carrol Paul Gruber, son of Paul Carl and Mary Elizabeth (Livingston) Gruber, was born on December 24, 1925 on the family farm in Locust Grove Township, Fremont County, Iowa.  He entered into eternal rest on Friday, June 14, 2019 at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa following a brief illness at the age of 93 years, 5 months, 21 days.

His early years were spent growing up in the Locust Grove area where he attended country school and later Farragut High School, graduating with the Class of 1943.  He began farming as soon as he was able to help his father do so sprouting the seed that turned into a budding life-long career of farming.

On July 7, 1946, Carrol was united in marriage to the love of his life, Ellen Pauline Harris at the Locust Grove Methodist Church.  Carrol and Pauline met when his brother, and her sister, dated and later married.  To this union, four children, Sherry, Randy, Sam and Sheila were born.  Following their marriage they farmed in Page County, Iowa, where Carrol raised his family, corn, soybeans, hogs and cattle (in the early years), along with doing custom baling.   

He and Pauline were longtime members of the Norwich United Methodist Church until its closing.  Carrol enjoyed camping with his family and friends, traveling across the United States and spending winters in Arizona.

Preceding Carrol in death were his parents; daughter-in-law, Barbara; brother, Harold; and sister, Lois.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of nearly 73 years, Pauline (Harris) Gruber of the home; their four children, Sherry Hoffman and her husband David of Independence, VA, Randy Gruber and special friend Carole Dawson of Bedford, IA, Sam Gruber and his wife Adrion of Clarinda, IA,  and Sheila Freed and her husband Mike of Essex, IA; 11 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; brother, Richard Gruber of Shenandoah, IA; sister, Virginia Winkler of Zilla, WA; other relatives and many friends.


Johnson, Ron - Ron passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at his home in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Shenandoah. Burial will follow in the Monroe Cemetery in rural Imogene, Iowa.

On January 24, 1945 in Shenandoah, Iowa a son, Ronald Wayne Johnson was born to Ira and Imogene Rice-Davis Johnson. Ron was raised in the Shenandoah community where he attended school. While in school he played football and basketball. Ron was a graduate of Shenandoah High School. He later enlisted in The National Guard.

On July 6, 1963 he was united in marriage to his beloved Mary. From this union three children were born; Pamela, Debbie and Shawn. The couple were married for 23 years until Mary's passing. On April 1, 1991 he was united in marriage to Sue Johnson. They were blessed with 26 years of marriage until Sue's passing. During his working years Ron was employed at Mount Arbor Nurseries, Earl May, was a co-owner of two restaurants, did many caterings and later retired from Eaton's. He then started his own lawn care business called Ron's Lawns. 

Ron was a member of the Memorial Baptist Church and later the First Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren. Ron entered into eternal peace on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at his home in Shenandoah. He was surrounded by his loving family. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives Mary and Sue; his daughter Pamela; step-daughter Shondelle Tysor; step-son Dan; granddaughter Emily Herold and brother Donni. Those left to cherish his memory include his children Shawn Johnson and Debbie (Julian) Davis; step-son Jim Tysor; step-granddaughter Megan (Ronnie) Dolph; grandchildren Brock Davis, Bryton Davis, Reno Johnson, Shyann Johnson, Tristian Johnson, Jennifer Mize, Jimmy Cochran and Jesse Tysor ; 9 great-grandchildren.; brother Ottis (Laura) Johnson and sister Doris (Bud) Livermore other relatives and friends


King, Katherine Marlene Resh - Katherine Marlene (Resh) King was born November 4, 1934, in Montgomery County, Iowa the daughter of Robert Resh and Flossie (Wheeler) Resh. She grew up attending school, graduating from the Corning High School with the Class of 1953. She was united in marriage to Delbert King in Maryville, Missouri in 1953. Their first son Rick, was born at the Navel Hospital in San Diego, California while Delbert was in the United States Marine Corps. Upon Delbert’s discharge, the family returned to Iowa where Delbert was employed in manufacturing and farming. 

Katherine enjoyed being a mother and farmwife. The couple was blessed with two more sons and one daughter, Mick, Tom, and Machelle. She enjoyed tending her flower beds and caring for the various animals the children brought home! Like a skunk, blind fox kit, lame fawn, baby ducks, rabbits, squirrels, opossums and raccoons, and she even gave mouth-to-mouth through a drinking straw to a baby rabbit! Katherine was always putting others before herself, often when she was tired she kept on working. In their retirement years, they enjoyed traveling to Branson, Missouri to see the shows, often taking family members along to make memories. The holidays were always joyful and full of family members and friends stopping by to enjoy Katherine’s hospitality and wonderful food.

Left to cherish Katherine’s memory is her loving husband of 66 years, Delbert King of the Clarinda, Iowa area; her four children Rick King of Clarinda, Iowa; Mick King and wife Dana of Prairie City, Iowa; Tom King and wife Jane of Creston, Iowa; Machelle Mullen and husband Erik of Clarinda, Iowa; ten grandchildren, Kevin, Cody, Chantel, Josh, Avery, Carson, Ross, Sarah, Courtney and Erika; ten great-grandchildren, with two more on the way; a brother, Bob Resh and wife Audrey of Hastings, Iowa; two sisters, Janice Harvey and husband Richard of Prescott, Iowa; and Peggy Dehart of Red Oak, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Katherine in death are her parents, Robert and Flossie Resh and a sister, Karen.


Lang, Patricia Ann Ward -

Patricia Ann Lang, 77, of rural Essex and formerly of Shenandoah, passed away on Monday, June 10, 2019 at the Shenandoah Medical Center. 

A celebration of life memorial service for Patricia will be held on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 11:00 am at Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah with Pastor Nancy Thomas officiating.    Inurnment will take place in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah.  

Patricia Ann (Ward) Lang, daughter of Nathan Ercy Joseph Reed Ward and Hazel Marie (Barber) Ward was born on February 26, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York.  She unexpectedly entered into rest on Monday, June 10, 2019 at the Shenandoah Medical Center at the age of 77 years, 3 months, 15 days.

Her early life was spent in Brooklyn, New York until 1946 when the family moved to Essex, Iowa.  Pat’s mother died in an accident in 1944.  Her father remarried in 1945 to  Edna Bell Bullock.

Pat attended the Essex Community Schools from 1947 through 1953.  Tragically her father passed away and she moved to Shenandoah where completed her schooling, graduating from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1960.

Following graduation she attended Tarkio College in Tarkio, Missouri and lived in Rock Port, Missouri.  During this time she met Richard Lee Salfrank, whom she married on April 9, 1961 at Rock Port.   To this union four children, Tod, Kelly, Susan and Charlie were born.  They lived in Rock Port where she worked in the kitchen at Pleasant View Nursing Home and later at the Jack & Jill Grocery Store.  In 1992, she and Richard divorced and Pat moved to Shenandoah.

On February 12, 1994, Pat was united in marriage to Richard Duane Lang.  They lived in rural Essex, Iowa following their marriage.  Pat worked at Sac N Save in Shenandoah and was a department manager at the Shenandoah Wal-Mart.  She last worked at Pella, retiring from there in 2007.

She enjoyed golfing and played in leagues and tournaments around the area as member of the Rock Port Country Club.  Pat was an avid reader, did ceramics and knitting, specially making blankets for the grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Preceding Pat in death were her parents; first husband, Richard; step-mother, Edna Howard; and nephew, Doug Ward.  Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Richard Duane Lang of the home; her four children, Tod Salfrank and wife Patty of Wamego, KS, Kelly Schuler and husband David of Lawrence, KS, Susan Woracek and husband Phillip of North Platte, NE and Charlie Salfrank and wife Robin of Tarkio, MO; three step-children, Cindy Lang of Shenandoah, IA, Randall Lang of Red Oak, IA and Rick Lang of Clarinda, IA; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; brother, Douglas Ward and wife Theresa of Seattle, WA; niece and nephew, Amy Ward of Seattle, WA and Mike Ward of Connecticut; cousin, Mary Lou Davis of Shenandoah, IA; other relatives and many friends.

Mall, Lorraine Marie Benson - Celebration of life funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Burial of cremains will be held at a later date at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah.

Lorraine Marie (Benson) Mall was born August, 25 1934 to Elmer (Al) and Margaret (Clarke) Benson in Iowa City, Iowa and passed away peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior on July 11, 2019 at Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, Florida with her daughter Linda by her side.

Growing up in Omaha with her younger sister Shirley, they learned how to play together. They would ride the streetcar and bus to get to their grandmothers, and when they were 8 and 10 they took a greyhound bus by themselves to Des Moines to go to the Iowa State Fair with their great aunt. They became close again when they both moved to Florida after retirement.

A 1952 graduate of Benson High School in Omaha, Lorraine attended Ottawa University and Fort Hayes State College studying elementary education. At a church picnic in Benson Park in Omaha, Lorraine met the love of her life, John Mall. On June 23, 1956, Lorraine and John were united in marriage. To this union were born four children, LuAnn, Jerry, Jeff, and Linda. She was a stay at home mother while the kids were young. After their move to Morris, Minnesota, as the kids were getting older, Lorraine decided she would try the workforce. She worked as a substitute teacher, worked part time as a bookkeeper for a flower shop, and was a bookkeeper for a non-profit organization. After their move to Shenandoah, Lorraine started working full time for Fashions at Large clothing store and eventually moved into the manager's position.

Lorraine enjoyed spending time with her family, going on vacations, gardening, and watching her family grow. Some of her fondest memories were all the family trips to the cottage in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada. She was an avid bridge player and played in many groups. Lorraine was very active in the Southwest Iowa Theatre Group. She started out backstage and worked all areas of the theatre. She enjoyed all the plays that she was involved in, whether on stage or directing.

Something that was very dear to her heart was when she did the "Children's Sermon" at the First United Methodist Church in Shenandoah, Iowa. "Jesus Loves Me," "Jesus Loves the Little Children," and "This Little Light of Mine" were her favorite songs to sing with the congregation as the children came forward.

Lorraine and John made many trips to see their children, grandchildren, and then their great-grandchildren. They also made many trips to Florida before moving there in 2002. Lorraine was a member of the Guiding Light Community Church in Fort Myers, Florida.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her beloved husband John, son Jeff, and sister-in-law Leola Mills.

Lorraine is survived by daughter LuAnn (Alan) Armstrong, son Jerry (Julie) Mall, and daughter Linda (James) Christiansen. Five grandchildren, Jon, Jennifer, Justin, Alexis, and Jeff. Five great-grandchildren, Jerry, JoAnna, Genna, Ethan, and Ellie. Sister Shirley (Don) Pemberton, sister-in-law Emma Haynes, brother-in-law Dwight Mills, along with many nieces, nephews, and a whole world of friends!


Mathis, Kenneth Earl - Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Shenandoah. Burial with military honors will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery.

Kenneth Earl Mathis, son of Jess and Angela (Whitmore) Mathis, was born on September 16, 1923 in Clarks, Nebraska. He passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Windsor Manor Assisted Living Community in Shenandoah at the age of 95.

He grew up in the Farragut area and graduated from Farragut High School in 1941. He entered the U.S. Army on March 16, 1943 in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was honorably discharged on February 8, 1946. After his service in the Armed Forces during World War II he started working at Cooper Furniture when he met his future wife, Lucille Swanson. They were married on May 18, 1947 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Shenandoah, Iowa. The couple was blessed with 63 years of marriage and four sons Greg, Kirk, Tim and Jeff.

Kenneth was actively involved in farming and farm organizations, Farm Bureau, Masonic Lodge, American Legion, Color Guard and served on the School Board. He had a love of the land and has instilled this in his sons and now grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Shenandoah.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife Lucille, parents and four brothers Ernie, Harold "Sandy", Howard and Don Mathis.

Those left to honor his memory include his sons Greg Mathis and wife Francoise of Council Bluffs, IA, Kirk Mathis and wife Karen of West Burlington, IA, Tim Mathis of Shenandoah, IA and Jeff Mathis and wife Margie of Marshalltown, IA; six grandchildren Ben Mathis and wife Dawn of Papillion, NE, T.J. Mathis and wife Jill of Danville, IA, Jeremy Mathis and wife Leonela of Guayaquil, Ecuador, Joel Mathis and wife Becky of Libertyville, IL, Jessica Reicks and husband Jon of Poulsbo, WA and Elli Roberts and husband Caleb of Olathe, KS; six great-grandchildren Wesley and Ashton Reicks, Sebastian Mathis, Lucy Mathis, Logan Mathis and Gracelyn Roberts; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


McAllister, Dale - Dale McAllister, age 63, of Clarinda, Iowa entered into peace Sunday, June 30, 2019 at his residence in Clarinda. Funeral Celebration of Life Services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, July 5, 2019 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Marcia Cline officiating. Interment will be held 2:00 p.m. at the Riverton Cemetery in Riverton, Iowa. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Dale Wayne McAllister was born March 8, 1956 in Nebraska City, Nebraska the fourth of five children to Ivan Keith McAllister and Martha Louise (Stubbs) McAllister. The family made their home in several communities, settling in Atlantic, Iowa where Dale received his education, graduating from Atlantic High School with the class of 1974. He furthered his education receiving his Bachelor of Science in Business Education at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa. 

Dale taught business classes in the Milford High School, Milford, Iowa and then taught at the State School, Glenwood, Iowa. He began his banking career at Page County State Bank, Clarinda, Iowa where he was vice president. His career also included the First National Bank of Shenandoah and Farragut, Iowa (now the First Heritage Bank) and was currently Manager and President of the Cornerstone Bank, Clarinda, Iowa.

Dale was very active in the Clarinda Community and a strong Clarinda supporter. He was a member of many boards through the years, including the Clarinda Regional Health Center Board of Trustees, serving as chairman, vice chairman, treasurer and secretary. He had been vice president of the Clarinda Economic Development Corporation; also on the Chamber of Commerce, Clarinda Foundation, Kiwanis, Iowa Tourism Association and the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society. Dale was an active member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church and had served as elder and in other offices.

Dale was a very well respected businessman, community supporter and much loved brother, uncle and the center point of his family.

Preceding Dale in death were his parents, Keith and Louise McAllister; brother, Bruce McAllister (2004).

Left to cherish his memory are his siblings, William McAllister of Clarinda, Iowa, Dr. Janice McAllister and husband John Harper of Omaha, Nebraska, Dwight McAllister and wife Marcia of Greer, South Carolina; nieces and nephews, Joel McAllister and wife Crystal of Parker, Colorado, Samuel McAllister and wife Alaina of Pavillion, New York, Sarah McAllister of Atlanta, Georgia, Daniel Harper of Washington D.C., Rebekah DeChaine and husband Bryan of Greenville, South Carolina, Eric Harper of St. Louis, Missouri, David Harper of Omaha, Nebraska and Michael Harper of Omaha, Nebraska; great nieces and nephews, Isaiah, Timothy, Savannah, Sophia, Alyssa and Caleb; other relatives and many friends.


McAlpin, Linda Lea Rucker - Linda Lea McAlpin, age 69, of Red Oak, Iowa, passed away peacefully on June 6, 2019 with her family by her side at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. Linda was born July 22, 1949 in Clarinda, Iowa, the daughter of Lowell and Mary Rucker. Linda owned and operated the local flower shop for several years before retiring. She enjoyed socializing with her Red Oak Tap friends and family and she had a unique way of gift giving to her friends during the holidays. She will be sadly missed by her husband, Dick whom she married in 1986. They lived the last nineteen years in the dream house he built for her.

Preceding her in death were her parents and a nephew: Chad Rucker. Survivors include her husband, Dick; her children: Kim King of Red Oak; Kris Esaias of Gretna, NE; Kory Pierson of Oklahoma; V.J. Baker of Kansas; John McAlpin of Red Oak; and Brook McAlpin of Oklahoma; 5 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; brother: Larry Rucker and wife Phyllis and sister: Lisa Ems and husband Charlie of Seward, NE; and many other relatives and friends.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements


Miller-Bridie, Audrey Jean Oxley - Audrey Jean (Oxley) Miller-Bridie was born in rural Taylor County, Iowa on July 26, 1927, the fourth child of Glenn and Hazel Oxley. She graduated from Clarinda High School in 1946. After working a time at the Prisoner of War Camp in Clarinda just before it closed, she worked at Lisle Corporation in the Accounting Department. During that time she married her high school sweetheart Lawson Miller and lived in Clarinda in a home they built. They later moved to the country where they farmed, raised their family, two sons and a daughter, Larry, Steve and Kathy.

Audrey loved being a homemaker, wife and mother. She was active in Extension Work and her children's 4-H work. She was a 4-H Leader and a Cub Scout Den Mother for several years. She taught Sunday School for many years and was active in Junior Church and the women's work in her church. Her faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ was steadfast and unmovable.

Later she worked in the business Lawson and she acquired in 1964, the Miller Oil Co., and after her husband Lawson died in 1974, she continued with the business with the help of her children. Lawson's office soon turned into nursery where grandchildren Josh, Ryan and Brandy filled the room with laughter, love and lots of activity. Later on Lacy, Jody, Josey and Dustin added to the fun. She loved to plan, cook and serve family dinners. She made the best french toast for hungry grandkids on Saturday nights.

In 1991, she was married to Jack Bridie of Clarinda. She and Jack prayed together for each of their family members by name daily. After Jack's death in 1996, she retired from her work at Miller Oil and spent her time enjoying her family, traveling a little and doing volunteer work. 
She started taking classes at Iowa Western Community College in the '70's, just for fun she always said, completing enough credits in 2004 for an Associates Degree. 

She was always active in the women's work in her church, and enjoyed the friends she made in all her activities. She was a member of the Semper Fidelis Civic Club and RSVP, W.I.S.H. Club, Hospital Auxiliary, the Nodaway Valley Historical Museum, the Glenn Miller Society, Clarinda Lied Center and the First Christian Church.

She was an avid seamstress enjoying sewing clothes for her children when they were young, baby blankets and patchwork blue jean blankets for her grandchildren and great grandchildren, quilting for each of her children. She had a green thumb and enjoyed her many houseplants and tending to her beautiful hybrid roses. She loved to read, bake and cook, listen to music, woodworking craft projects, and needlework.

Over the years, she wrote “My Story” single spaced typed that filled a double 3 ring binder of her life and her family's happenings. She was her grandchildren’s’ biggest cheerleader and fan.

She lived her Christian faith daily. She was a giver and a consistent visitor at nursing homes and the hospital to visit the sick. She was known as the favorite aunt by many as she always remembered birthdays by sending cards to each of her many, many nieces and nephews throughout the years until her forgetter started working overtime.

She endured living with dementia for over 12 years with a smile on her face and her ornery index finger pointing towards you. Throughout the years of being cared for, she continued being a blessing to visitors as well as staff with her smile, hugs, and that pointing finger.

Preceding her in death were her parents Glenn and Hazel Oxley, husbands Lawson Miller and Jack Bridie, grandson Ryan Lee Miller, son Larry Miller, daughter in law Debi Overmiller Miller, brothers Lowell Oxley and Lloyd Oxley, sisters Pauline Oxley Smith and Vesta Oxley Andrew, seven brothers in law, Adrian Andrew, Merle Smith, Leo Miller, Myron Ives, Dale Miller, Lt. Col. Bill Stephan, Gerald Warder and four sisters in law Elaine Miller Stephan, Geraldine Frist Miller, Eva Cabeen Oxley VanderLinden, Normalee Webb Miller, nieces Judy Miller Shoffit, Lynn Stephan Kinkead, and Lora Lee Miller Marley.

Surviving is her son Steve Miller, Clarinda, and daughter Kathy Porter and husband John, Greenfield, Iowa, Grandsons Josh Moses, Clarinda, Iowa, Dustin Miller, New Market, Iowa and Josey Miller and wife Stephanie, New Market, Iowa. Granddaughters Brandy Miller, Olathe, Kansas, Lacy Wood and husband Don of Rincon, Georgia, Jody Purvis and husband Mark of St. Joseph, Missouri. Her Great Grandchildren Marshall Lawson, Brodie Cassie, and Timber Jack Miller, Samantha Alexis, Cevana Brielle and Eli Ryker Wood, Collin Jacob Irwin, Hadley Reese Miller, and Oliver Lawson Moses. Also surviving are Sisters in law Jan Finnestad Oxley, Marilyn Miller Ives, Joyce Miller Warder, Norma Jean Miller Hall and husband Bob, and many, many nieces and nephews and their families.

Other survivors are Lynn and Linda Bridie of Des Moines; Larry and Shira Bridie of Clarinda, and their sons, Joshua Bridie of San Francisco, California; and Jason Bridie and his wife Sara and their sons, Jackson and Mitchel of Grimes, Iowa. Dillon Porter, Sammi Henry and their children Christian and Arabella of Greenfield, Iowa.

Mom used to laugh and say she wanted on her tombstone, “I told you I was sick.”
May she be at peace in God’s loving care


Norton, Kay Russell - Mass of Christian burial will be held on at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. A private family burial will be held at a later date, following cremation. 

Kay Russell Norton was born May 21, 1936 at home in Farragut, Iowa to Russell Gerald Norton and Edna Lucille (Bright) Norton. Early years were spent around Farragut in the farming community. Kay attended grade school and high school in Farragut, graduating in 1954. That year, he and his parents moved to a 460-acre farm near Riverton, only to move to a 640-acre farm that next year where they not only tended row crops but raised over 700 head of hogs annually and cared for a 150 head cow/calf operation. 

In 1955, on a blind date, Kay met Coleen Ann Ketcham. He dated Coleen for the next year and a half, courting her in a red Buick convertible. In 1956, Kay joined St. Mary's Catholic Church in Shenandoah, where he married Coleen on January 8, 1957. To this marriage were born four children. Jeffrey Lynn, Gregory Alan, Brian Russell, and Kristin Ann. 
After his marriage, Kay continued farming for a couple more years before moving to Shenandoah. He then worked for the gas department of Iowa Power and Light Company. Kay then started work with the Evening Sentinel, where he spent the next 11 years as hot metal caster, ad makeup, pressman, in the dark room and finally in the advertising department. In January 1971, Kay started with Eaton Corporation as a production supervisor. He managed several areas in his time with Eaton where he retired on July 1, 1999. 

Throughout the many years, Kay was active in civic activities. Joining the Jaycees in the late 1960s, he chaired several projects and was Local President of the club for two years, Local State Director, and State Chairman of Youth Activities. He received outstanding Local President-Instate, Outstanding State Director, Outstanding Local President for Region VIII, and because of his extensive involvement in the community, Kay was named to "Outstanding Young Men of America" in 1970. Kay served on the United Fund board, was Cub Master for his sons' Cub Scout Pack, and he served on the Shenandoah Centennial board as special events chair. He was also President of the Shenandoah Historical Society in its early years. In 1972, Kay was elected to the Shenandoah City Council, serving six years. He was elected as Mayor of Shenandoah in 1978, where he served ten years before retiring from office in 1988. He had been a member of Rotary Club and a past member of the Shenandoah Elks. Kay served as President of the Farragut Alumni Association for 3 years. He also served on the Page County Compensation Board, Page County Planning Commission, and as President of the Southwest Iowa Pioneer Association. 

Kay was always an avid hunter and loved target shooting. He enjoyed basketball and volleyball with the Cardiac Club and bowled on Eaton's bowling team. Metal detecting and coin collecting were also passions, with his latest endeavor that involved collecting a coin from every country in the world. 

Family and faith were paramount to Kay. He was proud of his four children, 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Many holidays were enjoyed when most of the family could come home. Time was often spent hunting, hiking, picnicking, snowmobiling, or simply riding the tractor. Family time meant a lot to him and he made the most of it. Kay was an active member of St. Mary Parish for 63 years and lovingly served his faith community in numerous capacities. 

Kay is survived by wife, Coleen; children, Jeff & Debbie Norton, Greg & Karen Norton, Brian & Christi Norton and Kristin & Joseph Dolezal; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Joel & Alison Norton (Charlotte and Loren), Jordan and Julie Norton (Emma and Aiden), Andrew Norton (Lila), Rachel & Nathan Turk, Collin Norton, Jeremy Norton, Jessica and Evan Hammans, Matthew and Sarah Norton (Elsie), Thomas, Kelsie, Mackenzie and Kaeden Norton, Connor, Alexis, and Nathan Engel


O'Reilly, Jennifer Linda Michelle Cuoco - Jennifer O’Reilly, age 41, of Clarinda, Iowa entered into peace Thursday, May 17, 2019 at Bryan West Medical Center, Lincoln, Nebraska. Memorial Celebration of Life Remembrance services will be held 4:00 PM Friday, May 24, 2019 at Ritchie Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa.

Jennifer Linda Michelle Cuoco O’Reilly was born February 24, 1978 on the military base in Fort Richardson, Alaska to John Cuoco and Sandy (Van Horn) Cuoco. Jennifer grew up in a military family and moved several times but settled down in Leavenworth, Kansas and graduated from Leavenworth High School where she was a member of a Forensics club. She furthered her education at St. Mary’s University in Leavenworth, Kansas where she majored in Art History. 

While in high school and college, Jennifer worked at Taco Johns and at Wal-Mart. She was currently employed at Mediacom in Red Oak, Iowa. 

Jennifer loved art and enjoyed going to museums. She was very artistic and creative and enjoyed knitting and many crafts. She was also an avid reader. Jennifer was a fan of Sci-Fi and Star Wars. She loved her family and enjoyed taking care of Mya and Joseph with Lamonte. 

Preceding Jennifer in death was her mother, Sandy Cuoco.

Left to cherish her memory are her life partner, Lamonte Keys of Clarinda, Iowa; son, Joseph Keys of Clarinda, Iowa; step daughter, Mya Keys of Coppell, Texas; father, John Cuoco of Leavenworth, Kansas; brothers, Jay Jeffords, Matthew Cuoco of Lansing, Kansas; nephews, Joshua Jeffords and Matthew Cuoco, Jr. other relatives and many friends


Pease, Charles Marion - Celebration of life funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Burial will be held at the Rose Hill Cemetery with military rites provided by the Shenandoah American Legion Post 88 Color Guard. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church of Shenandoah or the Shenandoah Food Pantry.

Charles Marion Pease, son of Marion G. and Opal (Snowden) Pease, was born on February 2, 1925 in rural Shenandoah, Iowa. He passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 94.

He grew up on the family farm and attended White Cloud Country School and Shenandoah High School graduating with the class of 1943. On February 5, 1944 he was united in marriage to Lois Elouise Martin in Hiawatha, Kansas, to this union two children were born Charles Dean and Curtis Lee. The couple resided in rural Shenandoah until moving into town in 1980.

On December 28 of 1944, Charles joined the United States Army at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. During his service he served as an Honor Guard for General Douglas MacArthur. Earning the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, two Overseas Bars, Army of Occupation Medal of Japan and Honor Guard Award. After being honorably discharged he returned to the Shenandoah area where he farmed with his family until retirement. 

He had been living most recently at Windsor Manor until his accident then was at Elm Heights until his death. His wife Lois of 66 years passed away in 2010.

Charles was preceded in death by his wife Lois, parents, brother Jack (Wanda) Pease and brother-in-law John Hagedorn.

Those left to cherish his memory include his sons Charles Dean Pease and wife Marilee and Curtis Pease and wife Karen both of Shenandoah, grandchildren Darin Pease and wife Jackie and their daughter Victoria, Jason Pease and wife Mindy and their children Tanner, Taylor and Tucker, Molly Nelson and husband Eric and their son Ruger, Brandon Pease and wife Brandy and their children Knox and Kynlee, sisters Clotile Pease and friend Kathy Bergman, and Marilyn Hagedorn, sister-in-law Elizabeth Martin and numerous nieces and nephews



Pontious, Harry Eugene - Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2019 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery. The family will greet friends at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah on Sunday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m.

Harry Eugene Pontious was born on October 5, 1930, to Jacob and June (Priest) Pontious. Harry passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at his home in rural Shenandoah. Harry grew up in Shenandoah along with his four siblings. He attended the Shenandoah Community Schools. On October 31, 1952 he was united in marriage to Evelyn Stotts in Red Oak, Iowa. They lived in Shenandoah, most of their married life with the exception of when he was attending training in Fort Benning, Georgia for the Iowa National Guard and Coffeeville, Kansas while working for the local CO-OP. 

Harry was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Shenandoah along with the American Legion where he served as Past Commander. Harry served on the board of the Veterans Memorial Building (Old Armory). He organized a group of men in town to be special police to assist the Shenandoah Police Department by directing traffic at football games and other activities as they were needed. He also planned and organized a dinner for the Shenandoah Businessman at Christmas time.

Harry along with Dale Castle were very instrumental in planning, fund raising and building the Veterans Memorial Chapel in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. The chapel was built with donations solely from Veterans. He also raised money for numerous events including the annual 4th of July fireworks celebration. He helped with the food pantry, delivered meals on wheels, was a Hospice volunteer, assisted with the community Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, played Santa, helped with the American Legion Easter Egg Hunt, and assisted every Memorial Day with the placing of the flags at the cemetery. Harry and Evelyn received the Cornerstone Award from the City National Bank. Harry was quoted as saying, "I enjoyed everything I did because it pleased the people that I helped."

Harry started working at the Shenandoah Nurseries at a young age. He enjoyed his work there and took great pride in his job. After working for the nurseries, he went to work at the Chevy garage for Wilbur Cambier. He then had his own DX Gas Station. He later worked for Helen Norris at the Elm St. Cleaners, which he acquired from her. He also did lawn care for several years and was very particular with his work. Harry retired from the Iowa National Guard after serving 33 years. He was the highest recruiter in the state for two years in a row.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents, sister Phyllis (Blacky) Jordon and his mother and father-in-law. Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife Evelyn, his brother Rex (Deloris) Pontious, sisters Aggie (Charlie) Bryant and Linda Pontious, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends


Prather, Maralee Almquist -

Maralee (Almquist) Prather, age 92, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Thursday, December 20, 2018, at Clarinda Regional Health Center. Memorial services will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Interment of ashes will be at the Essex Cemetery in Essex prior to the service.

Maralee(Matheny) Prather was born 10/19/26 to Clarence and Lizzie (Erwin) Matheny at the home in Westboro, Mo. She was a member of the Westboro Methodist church and graduated Westboro high school in 1944. After graduation, she worked at Perfex and later at Brown's Shoe Fit in Shenandoah, IA. In November 1945 she married Merrill Robert Almquist at her parent's home in Westboro, Mo. A daughter, Jenell Karen, was born 11/12/46. 

They lived for a short time in Shenandoah then in Essex, Ia. They then moved to a farm northwest of Essex and began farming and became members of the Evangelical Church in Essex. In 1955 they moved and bought a farm near Coin, IA and became members of the Presbyterian Church in Coin. In 1971 they moved and bought a farm near Northboro, IA. Merrill passed away in 1973.

Maralee worked at the Shenandoah Chamber of Commerce and Mae Farmer's Dress Shop in Shenandoah. She obtained her realtors license and worked for Shirley's Realty in Maryville, Mo. She also volunteered at the St. Francis Hospital gift shop in Maryville and was a member of the Maryville Garden Club. Maralee married Lynn Prather in 1997 in Arizona and they moved to Maryville, Mo. Lynn passed away in 2012. Maralee enjoyed her family, playing cards, visiting with friends and neighbors and traveling to Germany, Austria, Holland, France, Alaska, Mexico, Hawaii and many states. 

She is preceded in death by husband Merrill Almquist, husband, Lynn Prather, her parents, brothers Sonny Matheny, Richard Matheny, Wendell Matheny, sister, Elizabeth (Roger) Rasmussen.

She is survived by daughter Jenell and David Anderson, grandchildren Lee (Susan) Anderson, Alexandria, VA, Lori (Jerry) Ruscko, Greeley, Co, great grandchildren Claire & Eli Wood, Evan & Maia Anderson, 3 step great grandchildren Jake, Natalie and Zach Ruscko, sister Dorothy & Carrol Green, Westboro, Mo, and a sister-in-law Lola Matheny as well as many nieces and nephews.

May she be at peace in God’s loving care.

Prow, Cordie,


Ratliff, Betty L. "McCall" - Jan 2, 1938 - Jul 15, 2019

Betty L. "McCall" Ratcliff, 81, of Shenandoah, Iowa passed away unexpectedly on Monday morning, July 15, 2019 at the Shenandoah Medical Center.

A celebration of life memorial service for Betty will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service.   Inurnment will take place in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. 

Betty Lou Gray McCall Ratcliff was born on January 2, 1938 to Cora (Vaughn) and Teddie Theodore Gray in Watson, Missouri.  She attended school in Sidney and Shenandoah, Iowa and was proud to receive her GED in December 1971.

Betty and George McCall were united in marriage and were blessed with two daughters, Barbara and Teresa.

While living in Shenandoah, Betty worked at Ray Stewart’s Produce, Union Carbide in Red Oak, Iowa, and at the Eaton Corporation in Shenandoah.

On September 27, 1974, Betty and Robert Ratcliff were married.  They moved to Chariton, Iowa where they made their home until January 1975, when they moved to Corydon, Indiana.  They lived there for five years and Betty worked at the Credit Bureau.  They moved to Jasper, Indiana in 1980.  Betty and Robert traveled and lived in Florida doing telephone construction work, then moved and lived in Mississippi, Alabama, and Kentucky, where they finally settled for 17 ½ years.  Betty worked for Johnsons Control Company for 12 years. She retired when the company moved their operations to Mexico.

In June of 2007, at the age of 69, Betty received her diploma in Computer Information Technology after attending Draughons Junior College in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Betty and Bob moved back to Chariton in October 2008 then moved to Shenandoah in 2009.

Betty passed away unexpectedly at the Shenandoah Medical Center on July 15, 2019, at the age of 81 years, 6 months, and 13 days.

Preceding Betty in death were her parents; daughter, Teresa McCall; sister, Norma Burroughs and her children, Ricky and Patricia; and brothers, Leonard Gray and Robert Gray.

Survivors include her husband of almost 45 years, Robert Ratcliff of Shenandoah; daughter Barbara (McCall) Andrews of Shenandoah; grandchildren, Joshua Wellborn and wife Sheri of Omaha, NE, and Melanie Wellborn and friend Chris Horn of Shenandoah; great grandchildren, Addison Schelling, Dylan Wellborn, Katelyn Wellborn – Saiz of Shenandoah, and Kylie Wellborn of Omaha; sister, Luella Hickman and husband Rex of Shenandoah; step children, Carrie Hanna, and Craig Ratcliff and Angie of Chariton; step grandchildren, Tim Ratcliff and daughter, and Joe Ratcliff of Chariton; along with many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.


Reeve, Gary Alan - Gary Alan Reeve, age 77 of New Market, Iowa entered into peace Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral Celebration of Life Services will be held 10:00 AM Monday, June 3, 2019 at Ritchie Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Dan Wiebesiek officiating. Interment with military rites will be held at the Memory Cemetery in New Market, Iowa.

Gary Alan Reeve was born December 22, 1941, in Clarinda, Iowa, the son of William Leland Reeve and Alma (Beery) Reeve. He grew up in the East River area of Page County and attended country schools through 8th grade. He graduated from Clarinda High School in 1960 and he went to Mechanics School in Kansas City, Missouri. He served his country during the Vietnam War era for eight years; August 1961 to August 1969 in the United States Air Force. During that time he was stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, Ankara, Turkey and Dyess Air Force Base in Texas. Gary graduated from Iowa Western Community College in Clarinda with an Associate’s Degree following his discharge. 

November 2, 1963, Gary was united in marriage to Linda Karg at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Clarinda, Iowa. They were blessed with two children, Kimberly Sue and Scott Alan. Gary and Linda graciously and lovingly opened up their arms and homes to many children through the years and gained another daughter (Laura) at eight months when Linda’s sister Diane passed away.

Gary worked for several years for farm implement dealers in the parts department with the most recent at Whipp Sales and Service in Clarinda where he retired. While living in Exira, Iowa, Gary also was manager of the Golf course and pro shop and the disco. 

Gary was currently an active member of the New Market Methodist Church. He was a Sunday School teacher for many years. He was also a member of John F. Hardin American Legion, Bedford, Iowa and the Civic Club of New Market. Gary served on the New Market City Council for three terms. He put in many hours helping restore the New Market Pavilion.

Gary was a people person and enjoyed sharing his home and time with many. He had many interests and enjoyed learning about old cars, trains and war planes. He had a vast knowledge of trains and air planes and the history of the Civil War to World War II. He enjoyed sports, traveling, golf, fishing, gardening and his greatest enjoyment was being with his grandkids and following all of their activities.

Preceding Gary in death are his parents and granddaughter, Abby Reeve. 

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Linda Reeve of New Market, Iowa; daughters, Kimberly Reeve of Red Oak, Iowa and Laura Selders of New Market, Iowa; son, Scott Reeve and wife Dee Anna of Jensen Beach, Florida; grandchildren, Jacob Reeve of Olathe, Kansas, Kayla Reeve Meuler and husband Jacob of Norwalk, Iowa, Brandon Reeve of Des Moines, Iowa and Ricky Reeve of Des Moines, Iowa; great grandchildren, Haydon Scot Meuler and Stella Rose Meuler; brothers, Dallas Reeve and wife Linda of Kansas City, Missouri and Milton Reeve of Denver, Colorado; sister, Diane Laub of Huntley, Illinois; many nieces, nephews, in-laws and many friends


Runyan, Robert Steele -

Robert Runyan, age 76, of Clarinda, Iowa entered into peace Monday, July 1, 2019 under hospice care in Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Interment will be held at the Clarinda Cemetery in Clarinda, Iowa.

Robert Steele Runyan was born December 6, 1942 in Red Oak, Iowa to Clinton Runyan and Dorothy (Williams) Runyan. He grew up on a farm in the New Market area. He attended country school and the New Market Schools, graduating from New Market High School with class of 1961. On February 2, 1962 he was united in marriage to Karen Gray. Three children were born to this union, Troy Steele, Todd Stuart and Tiffany Shannon. Bob and Karen were divorced in 1982.

As a teenager, Bob worked on his parent’s farm, following graduation he worked at the Clarinda Telephone Exchange and then the Miller Feed and Milling in New Market. His career as an over-the-road truck driver started in 1970 and continued for forty six years. During that time he lived in several locations in Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Illinois. 

Bob enjoyed listening to music on his many travels. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR and the NFL (The BEARS) and reading western novels. He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren in all of their activities. 

Preceding Bob in death are his parents, Clinton and Dorothy; brother, Warren Runyan; sister-in-law, Patty Runyan; former wife, Karen Runyan; grandson, Brandon Runyan. 

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Troy (Bridget) Runyan of Kansas City, Missouri, Todd (Jill) Runyan of Atlantic, Iowa, Tiffany (Wayne) Runyan of Clarinda, Iowa; grandchildren, Angela, Hillary (Jared), Rachel, Tanner (Lauren), Jessica, Brady, Jake and Levi; great grandchildren, Quintin, Abriella, Owen, Alegra, MaeAnne and Charlie Glee; brothers, Curtis (Karen) Runyan and Marvin (Betty) Runyan; nieces; nephews and many friends.

Samuelson, Charles Frederick "Fred" -

Charles Frederick (Fred) Samuelson, 89, of Essex, entered into eternal rest on June 22, 2019 at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah.  

Celebration of life services for Fred will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM at St. John's Lutheran Church in Essex with Pastor Ann Alberts officiating.  The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah.  Inurnment will take place in the Essex Cemetery with military rites.   

Charles Frederick (Fred) Samuelson, son of Charles Elmer Julius and Gunhild Olive Marcella (Newquist) Samuelson was born on November 23, 1929, in Shenandoah, Iowa.  He entered into eternal rest on Saturday morning, June 22, 2019 at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 89 years, 6 months, 30 days.

His early life was spent growing up in Essex. Fred attended the Essex Community Schools, graduating from Essex High School with the Class of 1946 at the age of 16.

During the Korean Conflict, Fred enlisted in the United States Navy and also served in the Marines during which he served in Korea and was a Purple Heart recipient.  He served from September 1, 1950 through August 31, 1953.

On August 18, 1951, Fred was united in marriage to his true love, Colleen Faye Sederburg in Vallejo, California. They lived in Connecticut for a short time after their marriage before returning to Essex. This union was blessed with two children, Joey Lynn and Shari Ann.  Colleen passed away in 2014, after 62 years of marriage.

Fred worked as a rural mail carrier with the United States Postal Service at the Essex Post Office beginning in 1963 until his retirement in 1990. Fred was a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church, serving on the church board and singing in the choir, the Essex Community Club, was active in the Essex American Legion Post #333, serving on the color guard and was a 35 year member of the Essex Fire Department.  He enjoyed model cars and trucks, watching NASCAR, Sprint car races, and following Kansas City Chiefs Football.  Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren. 

Preceding Fred in death were his beloved wife, Colleen; his parents, Elmer and Olive Samuelson; Colleen’s parents, Sherman and Alma Sederburg; brothers-in-law, Duane (Ossie) Sederburg and Gene Sederburg; sister-in-law, Judy (Sederburg) Johnson; nephew, Darren Sederburg; niece, Deonne (Sederburg) Archer.  Left to cherish his memory are his two children, Joey Samuelson and wife Amy and Shari Bradfield and husband Chris, all of Essex; five grandchildren, Katy King of Essex, Jessica Niskin and husband Eli of Homestead, FL, Charles Bradfield and wife Kathryn of Shenandoah, Clinton Bradfield and wife Lara Kohler of  Rockville, MD,  and Colby Bradfield and Megan of Omaha, NE ; 11 great grandchildren; brother, Robert Samuelson and wife Jacky of Clarinda, IA; sisters-in-law, Diane Sederburg of Gladstone, MO and Joyce Kruse and Merrill of Shenandoah; brothers-in-law, Doug Johnson of Bethesda, IA and John Sederburg and Ellen of St. Peters, MO: numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. 

Sandahl, Chrystal Enola Esaias -

Celebration of life funeral services for Chrystal will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Nishna Valley Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Ressegieu officiating.  Burial will take place in Shenandoah's Rose Hill Cemetery next to her husband Arvid. 

Chrystal Enola (Esaias) Sandahl, daughter of Emmit Roy and Viola Mae (Griffey) Esaias was born on May 12, 1923 on a farm in Page County, Iowa.  She entered into eternal rest on Saturday morning, May 18, 2019 at Goldenrod Manor in Clarinda, Iowa at the age of 96 years, 6 days.

Her early life was spent growing up on the family farm near Yorktown, Iowa. Chrystal attended school at Mt. Zion country school through the eighth grade and then finished her education at Shenandoah High School.

On March 7, 1943, Chrystal was united in marriage to Arvid E. Sandahl at Rock Port, Missouri.  Arvid and Chrystal farmed in Page County, living all their married life in the Yorktown and Norwich area. To this union two sons, Francis and Rodney were born.  Arvid passed away in 2000, after 57 years of marriage.

Primarily a homemaker and farm wife, Chrystal was proud of the fact that she was part of the World War II homefront war effort.  During the war she worked at the Martin bomber plant and lived in an apartment in Bellevue, Nebraska.  She also worked seasonally at the Teachout Turkey Farm and Davis Seed Corn Company near Norwich in the early years of their marriage. In later years she sold Avon cosmetics. 

A woman of many talents, Chrystal was known for being a very good cook and baker.  In fact she had a burgeoning business of making cakes for all life's special occassions, making countless wedding, graduation and birthday cakes for many in southwest Iowa out of her home. Among her other talents was quilting, making many quilts for her family and friends.  She taught quilting classes at Iowa Western Community College in Clarinda.  She enjoyed doing crafts of all kinds in her spare time and also loved to fish.  Chrystal enjoyed mowing and maintained her own farm acreage until giving it up at the age of 94. Chrystal was a longtime member of the Essex Faith Evangelical Covenant Church.

Many thanks go to Chrystal's brother, Norman and his wife Judy and their entire family as well as her neighbors, Terry and Debbie Dammann, for helping keep her in her home as long as possible. The Esaias' welcomed Chrystal into their home every Sunday for dinner as well as all the holidays.  Her special nieces and nephews took special care of things around the house before and after she entered Goldenrod.  Nephew, Mark, was instrumental in taking care of Chrystal's beloved cats while she was in the care center.

Preceding Chrystal in death were her parents; husband, Arvid; sons, Francis and Rodney; sisters, Delores Conley and Neva Summers.  Left to cherish her memory are her three grandchildren, Stephanie Vislisel and husband Tony of Cedar Rapids, IA, Leslie Brooks and husband Curtis of Farragut, IA and Adam Sandahl and wife Heidi of Essex, IA; seven great grandchildren; sister, Wyona Conrad of Clarksdale, MO; brother, Norman Esaias and wife Judy of Clarinda, IA;special nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends

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Sederburg, Gene Linnea -

Gene Linnea Sederburg, 84, of Essex, entered into eternal rest on Friday, June 7, 2019 at Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah.  

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Kim Sederburg; other relatives and many, many friends.

Sleep, Ellis James -

Ellis James was born April 23, 1957 in Maryville, MO. to Harmon and Joyce (Hill) Sleep.  After high school he joined the Army and served for two years.  Upon returning home he served in the Army National Guard. 

Ellis enjoyed the outdoor life, he also enjoyed spending time and visiting his friend.  He had various jobs but liked working the most at Kawasaki in Maryville.

Ellis passed away at Garden View Care Center May 4, 2019.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Rick Reyna and sister Lucy Reyna

Ellis is survived by his sister Linda Jay, brother Terry Sleep, Nieces and Nephew Jennifer Shilhanek, Linda Reyna-Willms, Tina Reyna, Phillip Sleep and Tera Sleep.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends

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Statzer, Norman Lee -

Our beloved husband, father, and father-in-law, Norman Lee Statzer, died peacefully at home at the age of 89 years, on Saturday, July 6th, in the home he loved, surrounded by the family who loved him dearly.

Norman was a kind, compassionate, and gifted man of many interests and talents, with an abiding curiosity about the world and a sense of humor that wouldn’t quit. These last twenty-five years he has been a “gentleman farmer” who dearly loved his “little piece of Iowa paradise.” He loved the natural world and could spend hours on country drives with his “darling” wife, just soaking up the landscape. He enjoyed many different hobbies in his life, from landscape painting, to playing violin and piano, to studying the heavens with his telescope.

Above all, he loved his family – from his wife, children, and sons-in-law, to his Shambaugh UMC family of dear friends. He is proceeded in death by his son, John, and brother, Gene. Norman is survived by his wife of 69 years, Norma, his daughters Linda (Tim), Kathy (Riley), and Margaret, and his sisters-in-law Mary (Gil) Taeger and Jennie Statzer Plaweckie (Dick).

The most important lesson he taught all who knew him is summed up in our favorite Norman Statzer (Daddy) quote. “This is it! This is it! Don’t wait to be happy. This is it!”

Norman Statzer Norman Statzer was born December 1, 1929, and he passed away Saturday, July 6, 2019 surrounded byhis loving family at home on the farm he loved. He was our beloved husband, father, father-in-law and friend. He lived a truly wonderful life. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Shambaugh with a lunch to follow. Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel is in charge of the service.


Stiegerwald, Fern Annan - Fern Annan Steigerwald was born July 28, 1920 at her parent’s Earl and Nina (Loy) Annan’s farm in Yorktown, Iowa. She was the third of their four children, George (Elsie) and Melvin (Peg) Annan and Irene (Rex) Moore, all of whom predecease her, as did nephew Greg Moore and niece Maribeth Mellencamp.

During WW 2, Fern and her best friend, Marthalene, adventured to California by driving across the country and winding up in Newport Beach, finding a wonderful climate and interesting jobs working with the war effort. Fern stayed in Southern California for the rest of her life. She obtained a beautician’s license and worked as a beautician until she married her husband of 51 years, Jim Steigerwald, July 17, 1949. They had two daughters, Linda (Del) Hubbs and Lee Ann (Ken) Hawkins, 5 grandchildren, Kendralyn Cornish, Katie and Brian (Xenia) Hawkins, Sarah (Hans) White and Ellen Hubbs. There are 10 great grandchildren, Courtney Hawkins, Brooke and Chase Martin, Nathan Cornish, Micah, Sydney and Emilia Hawkins, Brendan Hubbs, Bethany and Sam White and 1 great-great grandchild, Braydin Martin. 

Jim and Fern lived in Newport Beach until 1964, moving to Costa Mesa where he continued his business, Harbor Glass, in Newport Beach and she became the Maude B. Davis Junior High school attendance clerk for many years. Fern had a green thumb and loved her roses and flower gardening in general. 

This continued when Jim and Fern moved to Fallbrook, CA in 1991. They loved to travel and went all over America in their motor home, boated in Canada and Alaska for several summers, and after retirement, took many tours of Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. Fern enjoyed Questers, Women’s Club, Newcomers and Encore and dancing with her friend, Frank Cardiff after Jim passed away in 2000. She was an active member of the Fallbrook United Methodist Church and leaves many friends, nieces and nephews- Nancy Wagoner, George. Bill and Rodney Annan, Cynthia Bryant, Karen Eitzen, Debra Moore, Becky Trimble and their families, who will miss her boundless energy, independent spirit, sharp wit, and wonderful cooking. 

Fern passed away peacefully July 8, 2019 and the family would like to thank Silvergate’s Memory Care Suite’s staff for their excellent care and Sonata Hospice’s nurses and social workers for their amazing, caring assistance.


Stubbendick, Ralph - Ralph Stubbendick, age 98, of Braddyville, Iowa entered into peace Saturday, June 15, 2019 at his residence in rural Braddyville, Iowa. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 AM Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, rural Clarinda, Iowa. Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at Ritchie Funeral Home. Interment will be held at the First Lutheran Church Cemetery in Avoca, Nebraska.

Ralph Harry Stubendick was born February 1, 1921 at his family home near Avoca, Nebraska to Henry and Clara (Hauschild) Stubbendick. He grew up on the family farm in Otoe County, Nebraska. He received his GED and completed some college classes at Southeast Community College. He received his Real Estate Broker license later. He was united in marriage to Ruth Wessel October 22, 1941. They were blessed with three children, Alan, Sharon (Sherry) and Peggy. Ruth passed away May 19, 1972. Ralph was once again united in marriage January 1, 1978 to Jane (Morrow) Pobanz and became step father to four teenagers, Earl, Don, Keith and Louise. 

Ralph was a lifetime farmer and cattle producer. Farming was his first love. Ralph was also a contractor, operating a trencher and back hoe. He worked for Century 21 as a real estate broker. He then worked as heavy equipment operator for the city of Lincoln, Nebraska. Ralph’s last enterprises were a sod farm and a tree farm.

Ralph will always be remembered for his quiet, gentle demeanor, great strength and humbleness. He had a great sense of humor and was known for his many one liners. Ralph enjoyed traveling with his family and especially enjoyed the grandkids (he was the baby whisperer). He enjoyed his Bible study groups. Ralph was an active church member in all of his churches in Nebraska and Iowa.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth Stubbendick; son, Alan Stubbendick, daughter, Peggy Andrews; sisters, Sophie Ruge, Janet Liesemeyer; brothers, Dale, Earl, Glen Stubbendick; brothers-in-law, George Wessel and Wayne Wessel.

Left to cherish Ralph’s memory are his wife, Jane Stubbendick; daughter, Sherry (Roger) Ross; daughter-in-law, Gerri Stubbendick; step children, Earl Pobanz, Don (Lauri) Pobanz, Keith (Jeri) Pobanz, Louise Pobanz; ten grandchildren; twelve step grandchildren; twenty one great grandchildren; seven step great grandchildren; four great, great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Ellis Liesemeyer; sisters-in-law, Margaret Stubbendick, Janis Wessel; numerous nieces; nephews; cousins and many friends


Vander Linden, Eva Cabeen Oxley - Eva Oxley Vander Linden, age 90, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Friday, June 20, 2014 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 27, 2014 at Trinity Presbyterian Church with Reverend Charles Bulger and Reverend Leslie Traylor officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 5-7 p.m., Thursday, June 26 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa.

Eva (Oxley) Vander Linden was born to Edith Harriett (Stevenson) and John Robert Cabeen on November 1, 1923, at the home near Blanchard, Iowa. She graduated from Amity High School at College Springs, Iowa. She worked as a secretary in Kansas City and at the Prisoner of War Camp at Clarinda, Iowa. 

She was united in marriage to Lowell Glenn Oxley on August 28, 1947, at the Reformed Presbyterian Church near Clarinda, Iowa. Five children were born to this union - Carol Marie, Eva Maureen, Mary Louise, Wilma Kay, and Harold Glenn. She was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church and was active in women’s work and in other church activities. She enjoyed working with the 4-H youth.

She was preceded in death by parents, four brothers; Richard, Donald, Howard, and Lyle Cabeen, infant sister, Wilma Hazel; son-in-law, Steven Boggess, and husband, Lowell, who died October 16, 1988. She was married to Cornie Vander Linden, of Pella, Iowa, on September 9, 1995. 

Survivors include husband, Cornie Vander Linden, daughters, Carol Boggess of Kansas City, Missouri, Maureen Drake and husband Paul, of Wentzville, Missouri, Mary Oxley, of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, and Wilma Schuermann and husband Victor, of Elkhorn, Nebraska, one son, Harold Oxley, and wife, Diane, of Freeport, Illinois, twelve grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, brother-in-law, Lloyd Oxley, and wife, Jan, Papillion, Nebraska, and sisters-in-law Pauline Smith, Salem,, Oregon, Audrey Miller Bridie, Clarinda, IA, Helen Cabeen Lindeman, Griswold, Iowa, and Ellavee Cabeen of Clarinda, Iowa, Bernadine Cabeen of Clarence, New York; nieces; nephews and many friends


Welch, Marilyn K. Rinehart, 1936 - 2019

Marilyn K. was born May 8, 1936 in Britt, Iowa to Glen and Myrtle (Moon) Rinehart.  Marilyn loved people and went on to college to become a teacher.  June 10th 1960, she married Ed and to that union they had two children; Tobin and Melissa. 

She taught 3rd grade in Clarinda for many years at McKinley and Lincoln Schools and after they moved in 1977 to Atlantic, she was a substitute teacher there. She was an Avon lady for years and loved to be outside but she really loved to bowl.  She bowled on a league for years and even when she couldn’t bowl any more, she would still go to the bowling alley and watch.

Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents; brothers Don and Bob; sisters Audrey and Gladys and brother-in-law Reggie Welch.

She is survived by her husband Ed and children Tobin Welch and Melissa Welch; grandchildren Amanda, Koralee, Chloe and Jadica; sisters Mavis Nedved, Elanor (Bud) Stenzel and Norma (Dave) Harrison and many other relatives and friends


Wheeler, Donna Ruth Twigg - Donna Ruth (Twigg) Wheeler was born October 6, 1934 at the family home in Plover, Iowa the daughter of Cecil Arthur Twigg and Neva Leila (Shoemaker) Twigg. She grew up attending school in Plover, graduating from Plover High School. She then went on to attend Capital City Commerical College in Des Moines obtaining her Bachelors Degree while working various office jobs. On June 1, 1957, she was united in marriage to Carl Leland Wheeler in Plover, Iowa. A son, Ronald Lee was born to bless their lives.

After their marriage the couple moved to Hammond, Indiana where they lived for a year and a half, returning to Storm Lake, Iowa where she worked while Carl finished college at Buena Vista. Carl began teaching and the family moved various places in Iowa. Eventually they settled in rural College Springs in 1971-72. They moved to Shambaugh in 1978, where they build a new home in 1999. Carl passed away July 13, 2001. Donna was Page County Treasurer for over thirteen years. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Clarinda, Clarinda Hospital Auxiliary and was a member of the Republican Women.

Left to cherish Donna’s memory is her daughter-in-law, Debra Wheeler of Glenwood, Iowa; two grandsons, Kyle Lee and Braden Lee William Wheeler; two sisters, Joan Hall of Knoxville, Iowa; and Judith Rutter and husband Philip of Wilton, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Rita Spencer and husband Richard of Gillispie, Illinois; a brother-in-law, Terry Moore and wife Beverly of Gillispie, Illinois; and another sister-in-law, Loretta Wheeler of Carlinville, Illinois; along with many other family members and friends.

Preceding Donna in death are her parents, Cecil and Neva Twigg; her loving husband Carl Wheeler; her son, Ronald Lee Wheeler; two brothers-in-law, Earl Randall Wheeler and Max Hall; a brother, Arthur Twigg and wife Betty; a nephew, Jeff Rutter; and a sister-in-law Gloria Contratto


Williams, Corrine - Mary Corrine Williams -

Mary Corrine Williams, age 87, of Villisca, Iowa passed away Friday, June 14th, 2019 at Clarinda Regional Health Center. 

            Corrine was born on September 24th, 1931, in Amity Township, Page County Iowa, the oldest of five children, and the daughter of Fred and Gladys Christensen. She graduated from College Springs High School in 1949 after a stellar athletic career where she was named 1st team all SWI in basketball. She then went on to attend Iowa State University, where she met her future husband. 

            She married David Williams on August 3rd, 1952 and spent their first year at Iowa State while David completed college and Corrine worked. They spent their next two years in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Takoma, Washington where David was completing his ROTC term. In 1955, David and Corrine then returned to Villisca to begin farming with his father Paul on the family farm. Corrine was an excellent farm wife, mother, and cook. She was an active member in the United Methodist Church in Villisca, a 4-H judge at the Page County Fair and she and her husband remained active in the democratic party for page county. 

            Her hobbies included attending her children and grandchildren’s sporting events, reading, sewing, genealogy, and traveling with her husband. After her children were out of the house, Corrine began quilting. She displayed quilts at the county and state fair and also gave each of her grandchildren many special quilts. 

            Preceding her death were her parents, brother Bob Christensen, sister Jan Decker, sister Diane Messenger, and daughter in law Donna Williams. 

            Surviving her includes her husband David: children Stuart of Omaha, NE, Bruce of Villisca, Iowa, Brian and his partner in life Nong of Omaha, NE, Sarah and her husband Steve Wilson of Ames, Iowa, and Steven and his wife Wendi of Kerrville, Texas. Grandchildren Catarina Williams, Jacob Williams, Paula Williams, Abbey and Kevin Mumford, Josh and Jillian Williams, Aaron Williams and girlfriend Hannah Davison, John and Tish Fitzsimmons, Josiah and Megan Fitzsimmons, Jordan and Breanna Fitzsimmons, Luke Wilson, Rebekah Wilson, Rachael Williams, Jackson Williams, Michaela Williams, Tristen Williams, Aidan Williams, Faith Williams, Jedidiah Williams, step grandchildren Jamie and Jeff Seehusen, Jessie and George Wyman, Kyle and Julia Wilson, and Trevor Wilson. She was blessed with ten great-grand children, also, sister Shirley Herzberg of Clarinda Iowa, sisters in law Naomi Christensen of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Katherine Williams, Indianola, IA, brothers in law Keith Messenger of Waterloo, Iowa and John and his wife Janet Williams, Stockton, CA.,and many nieces and nephews 

Mom, mother, "Corrine" will be missed greatly by those who loved and knew her

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Williams, Richard - Richard Williams, age 68, of Clarinda, Iowa entered into peace Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Bryan East Memorial Hospital, Lincoln, Nebraska. Funeral Celebration of Life Services will be held Monday, June 17, 2019 10:30 AM at Ritchie Funeral Home, in Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Dan Wiebesiek officiating. Interment will be held at the Siam Cemetery in Siam, Iowa with military rites by American Legion Sergy Post 98.

Richard Theodore Williams was born April 12, 1951, in Clarinda, Iowa to Robert T. Williams and Jean (Yance) Williams. Richard grew up in Clarinda with his four siblings. He graduated from Clarinda High School with the class of 1970. He furthered his education at Iowa Western Community College, Clarinda, Iowa. Dick served his country during the Vietnam era in the United States Army 1972-1978. During this time he was stationed in Germany and Texas as a personnel clerk. He was united in marriage June 29, 1980 in Clarinda, Iowa at the First United Methodist Church to Debra Potter.

Dick was a longtime employee for NSK Corporation. He worked as a shipping clerk for thirty three years retiring in 2012. During their retirement, Dick and Deb transported cars for Shore Motor Company.

He had many interests; Dick was an avid Iowa Hawkeye Football fan, proudly holding season tickets for thirty four years. He was a member of the Iowa Hawk I-Club and a collector of many, many Hawkeye memorabilia. Dick enjoyed all sports, but especially watching his nieces and nephews participate in their activities. He was an avid fan and supporter of grassroots racing locally and throughout the Midwest. Dale Earnhardt was his favorite race car driver on a national level. Dick and Deb traveled to watch many races around the country, with dirt late models being their favorite kind. Dick especially enjoyed sharing his passion with family in his deck at the Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa. Family was very important to Dick and he thoroughly enjoyed their camping adventures. 

Preceding Dick in death are his parents, Bob and Jean Williams and in-laws, Red and Florene Potter. 

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Debra Williams of Clarinda, Iowa; sister, Barb Herzberg (Duane)) of Clarinda; brothers, Tom Williams (Karla)) of Clarinda, Mike Williams (Renee) of Clarinda, Steve Williams (Renae) of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania; nieces and nephews, Billy Williams (Cindy)) of Bedford, Iowa, Jerard Williams (Rachel) of Des Moines, Iowa, Kristin Sunderman (Derek) of Van Meter, Iowa, Jenny Wagoner (Nick) of Clarinda, Chris Williams ((Dr. Ashley) of Bondurant, Iowa, Terah Williams ((fiancé Nick Sobol), Trey Williams and Tyler Williams of Pennsylvania; numerous grand nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.


Williams, Robert Thomas "Tom" - Robert Thomas (Tom) Williams was born January 22, 1947, in Clarinda, Iowa, the son of Robert T. (Bob) Williams and Jean (Yance) Williams. He grew up attending school in Clarinda, where he was on the Swim Team graduating with the Class of 1965. Tom enjoyed being a life guard at the Clarinda Pool for many years. After high school, Tom attended Clarinda IWCC College for one year, then he spent one year attending an Electronics Trade School in Omaha, Nebraska. He entered the United States Army in September of 1967, serving 3 years. He attended Basic Training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; then AIT in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. At Fort Monmouth he was trained to be a Microwave Radio Repairman and was a Life Guard at the Base's pool. He spent 18 months in Germany on the tallest mountain in the Black Forest (Feldberg) at a microwave radio site. He arrived in Vietnam on New Year's Day in 1970 and was stationed on Monkey Mountain, another microwave radio site outside of Da Nang for 8 months. He received his Honorable Discharge as a Specialist 5th Class in September of 1970. Upon his discharge, he returned to Clarinda and went to work for GTE (General Telephone Electronics), taking an early retirement in 1998, as a Switchman.

On July 31, 1989, he was united in marriage to Karla K. Wheeler in Estes Park, Colorado. He became a father to Karla's son, Billy and the couple were blessed with the birth of a son, Jerard and a daughter, Kristin. After his retirement from GTE, he delivered parts for Carquest Auto Parts in Clarinda for the next 10 years. While the kids were growing up, the family enjoyed camping near Estes Park, Colorado for 11 years, vacationing at Osage Beach, Lake of the Ozarks until 2005. Tom enjoyed being a Ham Radio Operator (WBØJMV) for over 46 years, teaching Karla the trade (KBØNVY), she has enjoyed Ham Radio for over 25 years. Karla retired from NSK in June of 2013, and together they have enjoyed spending time on their acreage near Clarinda, traveling to the Des Moines area to visit their children and grandchildren. They also traveled to California to visit relatives and enjoyed the last five years wintering as snowbirds in Arizona, where they ATV'd in the desert and mountains near Arizona City. Their future plans were to split their time between Clarinda, their kids, grandkids and Arizona. 

Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and brother is his loving wife Karla Williams of Clarinda, Iowa; step-son, Billy Williams and wife Cindy of Bedford, Iowa and their children, Payton, William and Sara; a son, Jerard Williams and wife Rachel of Urbandale, Iowa; and a daughter, Kristin Sunderman and husband Derek of Van Meter, Iowa and their children, Beck and Ace; a sister, Barbara Herzberg and husband Duane of Clarinda, Iowa; two brothers, Mike Williams and wife Renee of Clarinda, Iowa; and Steve Williams and wife Renae of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania; a sister-in-law, Deb Williams of Clarinda; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceding Tom in death are his parents, Bob and Jean Williams; a brother, Richard Williams and his in-laws, Norval and Helen Wheeler.


Winget, James Alan - 1948 - 2019 no obituary


Young, Marice Geraldine Almquist - Celebration of life funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the Faith Covenant Church in Essex. Visitation with the family will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Burial will be held at the Essex Cemetery.

Marice Geraldine (Almquist) Young, daughter of David and Edith (Bengtson) Almquist, was born January 10, 1922 at the home of her grandparents Ludwig and Charlotte Bengtson of Essex, Iowa. She entered into eternal rest on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 97. She had two older brothers, Elwyn and Reynold.

Marice grew up in a home where music was appreciated all her life. She sang a solo at age five on KFNF Radio and her love of music grew. Marice graduated from country school in the 8th grade and attended Essex High School where she accompanied all the musical groups and graduated as Salutatorian with the class of 1939. Marice gave piano and organ lessons at the age of 16 and became the organist at her church, Swedish Mission Church which is now Faith Covenant Church, for 75 years.

Marice was married to Robert Young on April 28, 1942 and to this union two sons were born, Steve and Larry.

Marice was a dedicated farm wife and homemaker who also enjoyed making and collecting angels and other crafts and was an excellent cook. She also enjoyed helping the church ladies aide. 

Marice and Robert vacationed 17 winters in Arizona and she continued to be an organist at her Arizona church. Robert passed away October 1998 after 56 years of marriage. Her love for her sons and their wives along with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren held a special place in her heart. Marice's faith was instilled in her at a young age and she continued to be a faithful servant her whole life. 

Marice was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers and her husband Robert. 

Left to cherish her memory are her sons Steve and wife Toni of Granbury, TX and Larry and wife Kelly of Essex, IA, five grandchildren Devon Vonderscher and husband Travis of Frisco, TX, Mahala Coplan and husband Cecil of Plano, TX, Toby Young and wife Lora of Remsen, IA, Andy Young of Bolton, CT and T.J. Young and wife Cortney of Shenandoah, IA; ten great-grandchildren Jacelyn Young, Jameson and Jaiden Ross, Liam and Ava Layton, Jake, Sam and Beau Young and Zoe and Mya Young; three step great-grandchildren Ashlynn, Christopher and Haileigh Coplan, many special nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends


Wilbur, Norman - 1934 - 2019 Marilyn and Norman donated their bodies to scientific study and will be laid to rest together at a later date.

Norman Wilbur, 85 of Clarinda, IA was called home to be with his Lord on Friday evening March 29, 2019.

Norman was born January 17, 1934 in Clay County Iowa, to Gilbert and Edythe Wilbur.  Norman was the oldest son.  His siblings are Eva, Bernadine, Beverly, Galen (Butch), Leo, Karen, and Myrna. 

Norman was baptized and confirmed at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer, Iowa. He graduated from Webb, Iowa High School in 1952. Norman worked as a farm hand, then served in the USMC until 1956.  He was united in marriage to Marilyn (Brinkley) Wilbur at First English Lutheran Church on December 16, 1956.

Norman was a USDA Meat Inspector and since their move to Clarinda in 1978 Norman and Marilyn were active members of St. John Lutheran Church.

Welcoming Norman to his new heavenly home with arms wide open is his wife Marilyn, his parents Gilbert and Edythe Wilbur, his in laws Wesley and Mabel Brinkley, sisters Eva Knudtsen, Bernadine Mead and brother Leo Wilbur.

Norman is survived by his children Kevin (Dawn) Wilbur and Kandace (James) Sump; grandchildren Kevin (Cindy) Williams, Dalton Smith, Kole Wilbur, Karlie Wilbur and  Kody Sump, Dustin (Angela) Sump, Derek Sump; great-grandchildren Konnor and Harper Williams; his sisters Beverly Perrigo of Truesdale, Iowa, Karen Cross of Spencer, Iowa, Myrna (Ed) Bouska of Laurens, Iowa and brother Galen (Donna) Wilbur of  Bolivar, Missouri; brother in law Kendall Mead of Spencer, IA  and sister in law Alice Wilbur of Tucson, AZ; Weldon (Barb) Brinkley of Destin, Florida and Sandy (Bill) Dunigan of Ramona, California  as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Victory Life Celebration Service for Norman Wilbur will be Monday June 10, 2019 at St. John Lutheran Church Clarinda, Iowa at 11 AM with Pastor Mitchel Schuessler officiating.

Following the service a luncheon will be held in the fellowship hall giving family and friends time to gather and share memories.  Inurnment for both Norman and his wife Marilyn, who passed away unexpectedly in October 2018, will follow the luncheon as both chose to donate their body for scientific study and to then be laid to rest together after the passing of the surviving spouse.

In lieu of flowers Memorials are suggested to Noah’s Ark Preschool - Classroom Fixtures Project or American Legion Post #98 Clarinda

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